A community petition prompted the Bass Coast Shire Council to consider alternative methods of weed control around schools, playgrounds and childcare centres. Bass Coast Mayor. Cr Pamela Rothfield said “while the debate and science surrounding glyphosate will continue, Council could use this simple change of product to respond to community concerns. A number of other councils have already made the change to move away from glyphosate in certain locations, and now we have committed to a pilot program around places our children play.”
Cr. Pamela Rothfield – Bass Coast Shire Council
“I believe BioWeed™ Herbicide spray is an excellent product for controlling broadleaf in pastures.”
Dr Brice Douglas – Founder, AORMA
“This product is much cheaper and a lot faster than hand weeding.” BioWeed™ is a safe and effective alternative to hand weeding around flowers, vegetables and other glasshouse or poly tunnel crops.
Jason Dekker – Owner/Manager, Dekkers’ Flowers
This is to state that all of the 11 people present, (see details below) five considered themselves to be severely chemically sensitive. Not one of those five people, or any of the others involved in the trials displayed any effects – ill or otherwise – at the time of spraying. There was no later chemical impact either, which given the nature of such people around the spray site is quite remarkable. After being given the assurance by the makers of the product being tested that all the ingredients were organic, I decided to stay close to the operation while in progress, and can report that as a MCS person I also experienced no ill effects from the spraying.
Not only was there no effect on the humans present, but on investigation, there was also no adverse impact whatsoever on any insect or other life other than what was actually sprayed. Flowers and vegetables were growing adjacent to the weeds being sprayed. I looked at the sprayed sites daily for wilt or control of anything other than the targeted weeds. I could find none after three weeks. While each of the operations (three) was in progress, there was no sign of any spray mist onto non-target species. All present were impressed at the quick (within minutes) “brown off” of the sprayed weeds and the recorded “control” of many common varieties of weeds.”
Pat Duncan-Taylor – Secretary, Waiheke Community Awareness of Pesticides and Waiheke ME CFS MCS Groups (The trials numbered three in all and were carried out on the property of Pat Duncan-Taylor at 27 Putiki Road, Ostend, Waiheke Island, beginning August through to September 1998. Present, representing the various groups were: Fay Storer, Judy Voullaire – Waiheke Community Board; Mike Johnson -Waiheke TAG; Peter White – Forest and Bird; Claire Gulman – ME Group; Sheryll Lyall and daughter, Elliot Gulman, Pat Duncan Taylor – CAP; and Wendy Johnson – Friends of the Earth.)
“Pyne Gould Guinness have been selling BioWeed™ now for over a year and have found the product to fit perfectly into a market which requires a more organic approach to weed control. It also has a fit in IWP (integrated wine production) and IFP (integrated fruit production).
BioWeed™ Herbicide has a huge potential in an industry where products of this nature are rare.”
Peter Mortimer – Manager Horticultural Services, Pyne Gould Guinness Ltd.
“BioWeed™ Herbicide has been applied to weeds growing on our property over the last six months. We used the product to treat kikuyu, couch, plantain, dandelion, marsh weed, ragwort, paspalum, dock and some young gorse. Within hours of spraying, the plants were changing colour and died shortly after. More spraying was done on mature gorse which died over three or four days, and even now is still brown. I have not noticed regrowth on the gorse, and the other plants’ regrowth is no faster than that which is sprayed with chemicals. Most plants have died completely… I would highly recommend your product to anyone in need of an effective spot sprayer.”
Mr. R. Bradley – Tiki Rd, RD1, Coromandel
Our family is second generation dairy farmers and I, personally have spent 46 years farming. We have always used herbicides to control buttercup, thistle, ragwort and blackberry. We sometimes aerial sprayed to control pussy willow, and mostly used 24D. We have since used Network and Escort. About 15 years ago we became aware of the dangers in using chemicals; I now get headaches if I breathe in chemical spray. You demonstrated the BioWeed™ product to me and I could see the results almost straight away. It stuck to the plants and when we came back about one hour later the plants were dark in colour and wilting. They looked dead and, more importantly, the spray did not give me a headache. The following day all the plants had either disintegrated or fallen over. I would definitely have used the BioWeed™ Herbicide if it had been available instead of chemicals. The most important thing is the health of the farm workers and animals and consideration for your neighbors… I believe in your product and think it will be a relief for everyone. The environment will be much better off for it.
Lloyd Parker – Tangaroa, Whangamata.
“When I started using BioWeed™ Herbicide spray around school buildings I immediately started getting positive comments from staff and pupils… the staff actually come out and talk now, while I am spraying, whereas before using other products for spot spraying, all doors and windows had to be closed. I have a program of spot spraying every two weeks in the gardens, walkways and around buildings and find the spray very effective and safe. We have a problem with milky vine and spraying the young plants has been very successful. I will continue to use BioWeed™ Herbicide around the school with the blessing of principal and staff.”
Harley Dix – Groundsman, Thames High School
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