Ban aerial spraying of Glyphosate

Ban aerial spraying of Glyphosate

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The Midcoast Council has sprayed via helicopter a 160 ha area with glyphosate — a harmful spray for bees, wildlife, plants and people. The herbicide was dispensed this week along a 38km stretch of the NSW coast, killing bees, marine wildlife and other native flora and fauna.

Glyphosate is a herbicide that isn’t meant to kill insects, but it does. Studies have shown that glyphosate may also be having devastating effect on the environment and be harmful to fish, crustaceans, and amphibians, as well as to beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms in soil and water. It also breaks down the bees immune systems and smoothers them. Other research shows the common herbicide increases the risk of cancer in humans. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.

The damage caused by this single spraying event will have lasting effects on coastal and marine wildlife. No one should be swimming in this water for a very long time. The spray also threatens the lives of roughly 304+ indigenous bees that live in the area.

We’ve called the Midcoast Council 3 times today and have come away with three different answers — no one is being held accountable. One person said the sprays were happening today at Old Bar. Another council member said no sprays had happened at Old Bar but they had sprayed at Crowdy Head. What’s also concerning is that the council is saying they have alerted locals. We were told this information was accessible on their website but it isn’t there, and the residents of this area aren’t being informed on what is happening. Both the national parks and the council are involved.

Video footage taken by locals at Old Bar shows dead marine life washed up all along the beach. The toxic sprays have also drifted along the coastline, affecting many more animals and plants including 304 indigenous bee species that have been recorded in the area.

References and video footage:

List of 304 + indigenous bees who live in this area:

Apis (Apis) mellifera
Homalictus (Homalictus) sphecodoides
Homalictus (Homalictus) urbanus
Trichocolletes venustus
Trichocolletes orientalis
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) hemichalceum
Halictus (Seladonia)
Leioproctus (Filiglossa)
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) cognatum
Trichocolletes sericeus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) lanarium
Callomelitta antipodes
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) erythrurum
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) providellus
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) asserta
Xylocopa (Lestis) aeratus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) bicingulatum
Leioproctus (Filiglossa) filamentosus
Trichocolletes serotinus
Euhesma (Euhesma) wahlenbergiae
Lasioglossum (Australictus) tertium
Lasioglossum (Australictus) peraustrale
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) platycephalus
Leioproctus (Minycolletes) helichrysi
Lasioglossum (Australictus) plorator
Leioproctus (Filiglossa) davisi
Homalictus (Homalictus) dotatus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) gynochilum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) orbatum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) opacicolle
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) carbonarium
Trichocolletes burnsi
Trichocolletes tenuiculus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) chapmani
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus)
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) waterhousei
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) speculiferus
Tetragonula carbonaria
Trichocolletes albigenae
Homalictus (Homalictus) holochlorus
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) amabilis
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) pulchra
Euryglossa ephippiata
Homalictus (Homalictus) punctatus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) convexum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) gilesi
Leioproctus (Euryglossidia) striatulus
Leioproctus (Euryglossidia)
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) clelandi
Euhesma (Euhesma) altitudinis
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) asperithorax
Exoneura (Exoneura) bicolor
Homalictus (Homalictus) caloundrensis
Hyleoides concinna
Lasioglossum (Callalictus) callomelittinum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) helichrysi
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) maculatus
Exoneura (Exoneura) robusta
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) littleri
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) hiltacum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) mundulum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) willsi
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) sulthicum
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) versicolor
Amegilla (Asaropoda) bombiformis
Amegilla (Notomegilla) chlorocyanea
Exoneura (Exoneura)
Hyphesma atromicans
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) globosum
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) turneri
Leioproctus (Leioproctus)
Trichocolletes aeratus
Amphylaeus (Amphylaeus) morosus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) expansifrons
Hylaeus (Euprosopis) honestus
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) littleri
Hylaeus (Rhodohylaeus) lateralis
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) atronitens
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) lithuscum
Euhesma (Euhesma) neglectula
Euryglossa haematura
Hylaeus (Hylaeorhiza) nubilosus
Hylaeus (Xenohylaeus) scutaticornis
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) sculpturatum
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) altichum
Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica
Lipotriches (Austronomia) excellens
Lipotriches (Austronomia)
Ceylalictus perditellus
Euryglossa depressa
Leioproctus (Ceratocolletes) xanthosus
Lipotriches (Austronomia) moerens
Megachile (Eutricharaea) macularis
Xylocopa (Lestis)
Euhesma (Euhesma) nitidifrons
Euryglossa edwardsii
Hylaeus (Gnathoprosopis) amiculinus
Hylaeus (Gnathoprosopoides) bituberculatus
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) chlorosomus
Hylaeus (Pseudhylaeus) albocuneatus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) instabilis
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) macrops
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) bipectinatus
Leioproctus (Exleycolletes)
Lipotriches (Austronomia) flavoviridis
Megachile lucidiventris
Megachile tasmanica
Trichocolletes fuscus
Coelioxys froggatti
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) cockerelli
Hylaeus (Heterapoides) digitatus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) tamburinei
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) victoriellum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) vitripenne
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) bryotrichum
Leioproctus (Hadrocolletes) fulvus
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) clarki
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) nigrofulvus
Leioproctus (Zosterocolletes) advena
Megachile (Hackeriapis) canifrons
Megachile ferox
Euryglossa adelaidae
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) macrostoma
Exoneura (Exoneura) angophorae
Exoneurella setosa
Hylaeus (Heterapoides) extensus
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) perhumilis
Lasioglossum (Ctenonomia)
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes)
Lipotriches (Austronomia) phanerura
Megachile hackeri
Megachile ordinaria
Amegilla (Zonamegilla) cingulata
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) gilberti
Hylaeus (Euprosopis) elegans
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) woyensis
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) brazieri
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) humei
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) pachycephalum
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) hilactum
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) carinatifrons
Megachile apicata
Megachile heliophila
Meroglossa plumifera
Meroglossa sulcifrons
Paracolletes (Paracolletes) crassipes
Thyreus nitidulus
Amphylaeus (Agogenohylaeus) nubilosellus
Ceratina (Neoceratina) australensis
Euhesma (Euhesma) banksia
Euryglossa subsericea
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) argocephala
Exoneura (Brevineura)
Homalictus (Homalictus) megastigmus
Hylaeus (Heterapoides) bacillarius
Hylaeus (Pseudhylaeus) hypoleucus
Hylaeus (Rhodohylaeus) proximus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) cephalochilum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) ebeneum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) pulvitectum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) repraesentans
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) tridens
Leioproctus (Andrenopsis) douglasiellus
Megachile (Eutricharaea)
Megachile erythropyga
Megachile leucopyga
Pachyprosopis (Parapachyprosopis) angophorae
Thyreus caeruleopunctatus
Amegilla (Zonamegilla)
Euryglossa nigrocaerulea
Euryglossa terminata
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) pseudoatomaria
Exoneura nigrescens
Hylaeus (Gnathoprosopis) euxanthus
Hylaeus (Heterapoides) delicatus
Hylaeus (Planihylaeus) daviesiae
Hylaeus (Planihylaeus) quadriceps
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) minusculus
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) aspratulum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) blighi
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) brunnesetum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) litovillum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) mediopolitum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) obscurissimum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) plebeium
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) triangulatum
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) melbournense
Leioproctus (Andrenopsis) flavorufus
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) irroratus
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) recusus
Megachile (Eutricharaea) darwiniana
Megachile semiluctuosa
Meroglossa itamuca
Xylocopa (Lestis) bombylans
Braunsapis simillima
Callomelitta littleri
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) angulifacies
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) atra
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) gracilis
Exoneurella lawsoni
Heterohesma clypeata
Homalictus (Homalictus) ctenander
Hylaeus (Euprosopellus) certus
Hylaeus (Macrohylaeus) alcyoneus
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) aralis
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) eugeniellus
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) quadratus
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron)
Hylaeus (Xenohylaeus) leptospermi
Lasioglossum (Austrevylaeus) exoneuroides
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) calophyllae
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) disclusum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) imitans
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) moreense
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) platychilum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) sexsetum
Lasioglossum (Ctenonomia) picticorne
Lasioglossum (Ctenonomia) semipolitum
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) raymenti
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) punctatus
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) spatulatus
Lipotriches (Austronomia) ferricauda
Megachile (Eutricharaea) maculariformis
Megachile (Eutricharaea) simplex
Megachile (Hackeriapis) oblonga
Megachile (Hackeriapis) rhodura
Megachile (Schizomegachile) monstrosa
Megachile aurifrons
Megachile heriadiformis
Pachyprosopis (Pachyprosopis) mirabilis
Thyreus lugubris
Callohesma calliopsiformis
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) flavolateralis
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) hypochroma
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) psilosoma
Euryglossina (Euryglossina) sulcata
Euryglossula chalcosoma
Exoneura (Brevineura) melaena
Goniocolletes subdolus
Homalictus (Homalictus) niveifrons
Hylaeus (Gnathoprosopis) amiculus
Hylaeus (Gnathoprosopis)
Hylaeus (Heterapoides) nigriconcavus
Hylaeus (Planihylaeus) trilobatus
Hylaeus (Prosopisteron) primulipictus
Hyleoides planifrons
Lasioglossum (Australictus)
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) argopilatum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) cambagei
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) platycephalum
Lasioglossum (Chilalictus) subplebeium
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) dissimulator
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) excultum
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) lacthium
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) leichardti
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) lichatum
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) taluche
Lasioglossum (Parasphecodes) tribuarium
Leioproctus (Cladocerapis) incanescens
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) launcestonensis
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) obscurus
Leioproctus (Leioproctus) providus
Lipotriches (Austronomia) gracilipes
Lipotriches (Austronomia) satelles
Lipotriches (Austronomia) submoerens
Megachile (Eutricharaea) gahani
Megachile (Eutricharaea) sequior
Megachile (Eutricharaea) serricauda
Megachile hardyi
Megachile mundifica
Megachile punctata
Meroglossa impressifrons impressifrons
Pachyprosopis (Pachyprosopis) haematostoma
Pachyprosopis (Pachyprosopis) psilosomata
Pachyprosopis (Pachyprosopula) flavicauda


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