Industrial Agriculture needs to have DA approval and all farming to follow sustainable guidelines. Especially high chemical and water use crops such as Blueberries.
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DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY HAS TO BE SUSTAINABLE!
PROTECT OUR WATER AND STOP FARMING TRASHING OUR ENVIRONMENT!
THE MAIN CONCERNS
NO PROTECTION OF OUR WATER WAYS
Water is such a precious commodity in Australia and around the world today. Blueberries are a very thirsty crop, to keep up the demand farmers have been illegally pumping out of our regions creeks and rivers. They have been building oversized dams which are catching the water before it gets to our natural water way.
Farms run off is a great concern as its contaminated with chemical residue and silt erosion due to the direction of the rows they act like gutters which run strait into our creeks rivers and their dams, that eventually over flow into the water ways when the big rains do come. This is putting creeks, rivers and the oceans eco systems at risk.
The southern cross university did a yearlong study of Bucca Bucca Creek over 2017 and Hearns lake in 2018 and found nitrate levels 50 to 800 times over normal levels downstream from the blueberry farms. nitrates build up it creates algae bloom taking the oxygen from the water and harming all the life in the water ways. ABC national news coverage of the Bucca Bucca creek report.
OVER USE OF CHEMICAL
Over spray from the farms end up in our air which ends up in our drinking water, settling on our lawns, clothes, pools, gardens and finally into our precious water systems. If farms had sufficient treed buffer zones and sprayed responsibly it would stop the spray drift landing on resident’s homes.
America has put blueberries on the most toxic list due to the high amounts of chemicals that are used in their production. With Australia still using chemicals that have been banned in the UK and America for years due to their cancer-causing properties who knows what our berries are getting sprayed with. Chemical build up in our bodies can lead to a number of health problems.
We have so many alternatives to chemicals today it’s a shame more farmers aren’t adopting new proven methods that are less harmful to us and our environment.
In some cases there has been no regard for forest zoning. Koala corridors have been clear felled to make way for fields. The trees cut down are used for posts in the bird netting. Clearing the land adds to decline in wildlife, loss of habitat, erosion and silt build up. The fines farmers receive for forest destruction are insignificant compared to the money blueberry farms are making.
“Even though there was definite proof of pollution, erosion and illegal land clearing there still is no action with no results. These farmers are uncontrolled doing whatever they wish. There are no rules it seems, the wheels turn so extremely slow by the time there is any action by the relevant authorities it is too late and the damage is done both to the land and wildlife. The issue of pesticide spraying is also now a very urgent issue.”
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