Episode 28: RoundUp, Soil & Square Foot Gardening

This is the World Organic News Podcast for the week ending 15th of August 2016.

Jon Moore reporting!

This week we begin with some disturbing news from the European Parliament! A number of MEPs agreed to have their urine tested for glyphosate and they all tested positive to the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup. The blog theinternationalreporter.org reported on this unpleasant issue. By way of coincidence I was in discussion with a friend on their new land acquisition in the hills of Gloucester NSW. He casually mentioned the local large landholders find the country too steep to spot spray with Roundup so they use aerial techniques. Now there is an economic imperative for the landholders not to “waste” spray on waterways, non target areas or neighbour’s properties but aerial spraying is an inexact science. The sprayed paddocks not only include lantana and blackberries but cattle too. Whilst Monsanto argues for glyphosate breaking down quickly in the environment, the article from theinternationalreporter.org would point to failings in this argument.  Continue reading “Episode 28: RoundUp, Soil & Square Foot Gardening”