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New research finds common herbicides cause antibiotic resistance – Media Release from the University of Canterbury – 17 Nov 2017

New University of Canterbury research confirms that the active ingredients of the commonly used herbicides, RoundUp, Kamba and 2,4-D (glyphosate, dicamba and 2,4-D, respectively), each alone cause antibiotic resistance at concentrations well below label application rates.  UC Molecular Biology and Genetics Professor Jack Heinemann, of the School of Biological Sciences, in UC’s College of Science, says the key finding of the research was that “bacteria respond to exposure to the herbicides by changing how susceptible they are to antibiotics used in human and animal medicine.”  (17 November 2017)

New Zealand authorities ignoring the experts on health risk – report.  The Green Party says that New Zealanders’ health is being put at risk by a chemical in commonly used weed killers deemed unsafe by international agencies, but not our own Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The research paper released today by Steffan Browning MP demonstrates how the EPA used science and opinion supplied by industry and unpublished data to reach conclusions counter to the views of 17 world experts. (27 July 2017)


The Green Party says the Government should follow EU and ban toxic herbicide ingredient

The Green Party is calling on the Government to ban the toxic ingredient POEA, after answers to written questions to the Minister for the Environment revealed it is an undisclosed ingredient in almost 90 products sold in New Zealand.

The Green Party pesticides spokesperson Steffan Browning MP said it the European Union (EU) Commission has recommended that EU member states ban the use of Polyoxyethylene tallow amine (POEA), a common ingredient in herbicides like Roundup. “The EU Commission looked at the science and decided POEA is too dangerous to be on the market. I would like to know why the Government thinks it’s not even worth telling New Zealanders that this dangerous ingredient is in nearly 90 products on the market” said Browning.  (16 Aug 2016)  See more


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


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)

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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)


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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