There should be a temporary ban on moving plants around the country, The Tree Council says. It’s chairman Sean Freeman, of Titirangi, said outbreaks of myrtle rust in Kerikeri, Taranaki, Te Kuiti and Te Puke, must be contained. Freeman said the disease’s spores are spread slowly on the wind, but more rapidly by humans. The Ministry for Primary Industries should restrict plant movement so it has a chance to stop widespread infection before it is too difficult to treat, he said. Myrtle rust affects trees such as pohutukawa, feijoa, rata and manuka.
HIGH SUGAR DIET
Kiwi babies are being weaned into a sugar diet from as young as 4-months-old, a University of Auckland academic says. Dr Gerhard Sundborn said commercial baby foods carry the risk of obesity and tooth decay just as much as sugary drinks. He said some foods contain up to four teaspoons of sugar per serve. He said the Ministry of Health should establish an Infant Nutrition Advisory Group.
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