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I have worked with erad­i­cat­ing weeds for years, mostly moth plant but many of the other in­va­sive weeds as well. I am­not an ex­pert, but I prob­a­bly know more about this is­sue than most res­i­dents.

That our lo­cal board has given the green light for ex­ten­sive chem­i­cal us­age in our re­serves is a real com­ment about our pri­or­i­ties and what we value. If, as a cul­ture, we val­ued real ‘‘clean and green’’, we would choose to put more time and money and en­ergy into weed con­trol, and do it with as few chem­i­cals as pos­si­ble, and es­pe­cially NOT use ones that are prob­a­ble car­cino­gens!

When we use poi­sons we are poi­son­ing the earth and ul­ti­mately dis­rupt­ing com­plex ecosys­tems. Poi­sons of­ten lead to more prob­lems de­vel­op­ing in the sprayed ar­eas, and can cause prob­lems in con­nected ar­eas. Sev­eral years ago, I was fa­mil­iar with an area in Rangi­houa sprayed to get rid of moth plant. The re­sult was to cre­ate more weed con­trol work from emerg­ing

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