Category Archive: Chemicals

Kew Guild Grand Reunion Garden Party

Thirty four years ago, I graduated at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Biodispersal: Another word for the dictionary

A student at Dekin Uni is writing about GM foods. She wanted my opinion, so here is my reply – it was published eight years ago in response to an opinion piece written… Continue reading

Nicotine And Old Roses

Food security alert: Neonicotinoid pesticides, like Confidor, are creating a dangerous world where caterpillars are becoming poison bird bait, where bees and migratory birds ‘forget’ how to navigate and bees and other pollinators are becoming suicide junkies.

Glyphosate, The World’s Favourite Herbicide

Glyphosate-based herbicides are global pollutants of groundwater, rivers and surface water. More recently it has been detected in rain. Now the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organisation’s cancer… Continue reading

Towards Valentine’s Day

For a more sustainable Valentine’s Day, buy your loved one a potted plant. Like love, you can watch your gift grow.

Book Review: Medicinal Plants in Australia

Australia is a massive pharmacy store, where some very useful plants grow in our streets, reserves and gardens.

Predator Attracting Plants

Organic gardening isn’t conventional gardening, so why not enjoy some unconventional pest control?

Nettle, Anyone?

I like nettles, when they’re managed – and grown in full view.

Book Review: Australia’s Poisonous Plants by Dr Ross McKenzie

If you put raw silverbeet in your salad, or casually add nitrogen to your vegetables, this book is a must read. If it doesn’t save your life, it will certainly improve it.

Towards A National Food Plan

Draft notes for Queensland Conservation’s submission to aid in the development of a National Food Plan. The final draft was submitted by QC on 2.9.11… Introduction A National Food Plan is vital for… Continue reading

Honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder: Brought You By Bayer CropScience

It has recently been reported that due to the rise of colony collapse disorder in honeybees that within a few years this insect may be extinct in England. Read on…

Agrochemical Farming – A System In Crisis

John Vidal reports that “Fertiliser prices have mostly doubled and in some cases risen by 500% in 15 months as US farmers have rushed to plant more biofuel crop”… ”There have been fertiliser… Continue reading

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