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Harassment of Anti-pesticides Expert Derails Independent Monitoring of Agrochems’ Impact

PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) strongly condemns the continued persecution of Dr. Romeo Quijano, a member of our Steering Council, for his relentless work against aerial spraying of pesticides in banana plantations in the Philippines.  (27 October 2015)

 PANAP Media Release

http://www.panap.net/campaigns/land-food-rights/noland-nolife/post/2699

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Auckland Transport Charges Laid

The Serious Fraud Office has confirmed it has laid charges following an investigation into fraud allegations involving individuals connected to Auckland Transport.

Auckland Transport said the claims related to its road corridor maintenance business, which looks after more than 700 kilometres of roading in the region. The Serious Fraud Office began its investigation, independent of Auckland Transport’s internal investigation, in October 2013. Yesterday, it laid charges against an unspecified number of individuals linked to the council-controlled agency. No court dates have yet been set. In a statement, Auckland Transport said a thorough review of processes and documentation was undertaken throughout 2012 and 2013. It said it had since brought in more robust procurement processes and introduced new levels of contract oversight.      (3 April 2015)

Radio New Zealand – http://rnz.to/19MGWht

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NZ Baby Food 800 Times more pesticides than in Europe

New Zealand baby food contained nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe, according to a recent analysis. This evidence and why this is a risk to New Zealand babies will be presented tomorrow to the Primary Production Committee by Dr Meriel Watts of the Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa and Alison White of the Safe Food Campaign.  Safe Food Campaign media release  (4 Dec 2014)

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Poisoning of Norfolk pines in Mt Maunganui – response of the Toxic Agrichemical Advisory Forum (TAFF)

Tauranga City Council’s advisory group TAFF, which was established to provide community input and advice into the use of agrichemicals in the city, acknowledges the authors of the report on the deterioration of Norfolk pines on Mt Maunganui’s waterfront. TAFF says this report of the unanticipated consequences of toxic agrichemical use, is an opportunity for policy lessons to be learned. TAFF has repeatedly emphasized that the City policy allows, and indeed stipulates, that the city rely less heavily on chemicals to control weeds. They believe this aspect of the policy could be implemented more rigorously through integrated pest management using non-chemical or cultural techniques. 1 Oct 2014

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