Pesticide information collated

THE Environmental Def-ender's Office (EDO) has released a publication, titled Getting the Drift, about the use of pesticides on the Northern Rivers.

The book, written in conjunction with the Nat-ional Toxics Network, is a guide for community members and was a response to the large number of inquiries the organisation receives about chemical sprays.

The forestry, macadamia, sugarcane and tea tree industries supplied information on which chemicals were used on the Northern Rivers.

EDO education officer Mark Byrne said many Northern Rivers residents were concerned about the use of chemicals in agriculture due to the proximity of residential areas to farms and the lack of buffer zones between the two.

The book is a first edition and it is hoped other industries, such as coffee, bananas, avocados and stonefruit, will provide information for the next edition.

Mr Byrne said the co-operation of industry was necessary to ensure the information reflected what was actually occurring in those industries.

A copy of the booklet can be downloaded for free from the EDO website: www.nsw.edo.org.au



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