Discovery of high levels in household pesticides
(One has to wonder at such incopetence to not monitor pesticides for known cancer causing agents. Instead the government will monitor you and your phone calls. In a world of red tape to rap the small man up in the cotton wool of OH & S, this neglect is just incedible. The long arm of Monstano from the Vetnaim War is very real today and continuing to use its poison to feed the cancer industry where the ‘medical world’ uses a heavy toxin to fight the problem. Really makes nonsesne. The aim of Satanic agencies is destroy mankind physically and spiritually and soon God will take a stand.
Revelation 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. )
Simon Frazer reported this story on Monday, July 22, 2013 08:12:00
TONY EASTLEY: A Four Corners investigation has uncovered disturbing evidence about dioxin contamination in household pesticides.
The high dioxin levels in a commonly-used weed killer have gone undetected by authorities because there’s no routine testing to ensure that pesticides are actually safe.
That’s prompted calls for the federal agency that regulates pesticides to step up its monitoring and to independently test all pesticides before they’re sold to the public.
Simon Frazer reports.
SIMON FRAZER: The destruction caused by the deadly herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War is well documented.
Tens of thousands were killed and maimed through its use to remove vegetation and destroy crops because of the dioxins it contained.
What’s far less commonly known is that Agent Orange’s two main ingredients have also been widely used in Australia to control weeds.
One of those ingredients, 2,4,5-T, was banned by authorities in the 1990s.
But tonight’s episode of Four Corners has uncovered concerning evidence about the continuing use of the other – 2,4-D.
Lee Bell is from the lobby group the National Toxics Network.
LEE BELL: It’s used in many agricultural applications; it’s used in pastures and cropland for broad leaf control. It’s also used in areas that people probably wouldn’t’ expect, such as turf spraying for sporting fields, for councils in their cosmetic applications – for verges and those sorts of things.
SIMON FRAZER: Until recently it was believed that 2,4-D was a cheap, effective and safe weed killer.
That reputation began to unravel when a team of Queensland scientists found moderate levels of dioxins in samples of 2,4-D.
Four Corners bought a quantity of 2,4-D, imported from China from a warehouse just outside Melbourne and sent it to government labs for testing.
The results showed dioxin levels seven times higher than the Queensland tests by Associate Professor Caroline Gaus.
CAROLINE GAUS: I was actually surprised – because you only analysed one formulation and actually returned such a high result. I thought it was unlikely today, but again, that is a reality check when we think back to our previous study where we actually didn’t expect any contamination in the pesticides.
It just demonstrates again that what we are seeing today is equal, or even worse, than 10 to 20 years ago, and that is of concern, of course.
SIMON FRAZER: It’s unclear how widespread such high dioxin levels are, because there is no routine testing of 2,4-D.
Kareena Arthy is chief executive of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, the agency tasked with ensuring such chemicals are safe.
KAREENA ARTHY: If there were high levels of dioxins, it would affect the final chemical and we would be seeing – we would expect to see – in the public use concerns about the efficacy or the chemical itself, and we’re not seeing that.
SIMON FRAZER: Jenni Mack is a former member of the authority’s advisory board, who’s also the chairwoman of the consumer rights organisation Choice. She says monitoring needs to start now.
JENNI MACK: Well, the risks are that unsafe chemicals are being continually put in the environment being used in farming communities and we are eating those in the food that we eat.
SIMON FRAZER: The pesticides authority has now urgently referred the Four Corners sample to the Office of Chemical Safety for assessment.
TONY EASTLEY: Simon Frazer reporting, and to see more on that report on dioxin levels in commonly used weedkillers in the Australian community, tune in to Four Corners on ABC1 tonight.