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Press release: NZ Manuka honey contaminated with glyphosate. Condemnation of MPI response

July 29th, 2020

PAN ANZ, Weed Management Advisory and Buy Pure New Zealand joint press release.

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Rights of the child through a healthy environment: A global call to action

On the just concluded 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered a very potent statement on the need for urgent action to recognise and realise the rights of the child through a healthy environment.

“Environmental harms severely affect the youngest children. Indigenous children and those from low-income and marginalized communities are also among those most affected. Many of the effects of environmental degradation on children and their rights are completely preventable. And today they are being compounded by COVID-19,” Bachelet stated. …

Pesticides were among the toxic substances identified by the UNHRC that children are exposed to through the air, ground or water, “significantly affecting their health, development and well-being, violating multiple rights.” It pointed out that children are exposed while playing, swimming in local water sources, going to or at school, eating, drinking or working. It also acknowledged that in utero exposure of children to hundreds of hazardous chemicals compromise their foetal development.

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Protect Our Children from Toxic Pesticides

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UN supports children’s rights on pesticides

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in January 2020 said:

“Children are particularly vulnerable to pesticide exposure because of developmental, dietary and physiological factors. Children encounter pesticides when they breathe, by ingesting incorrectly packaged pesticide products, products for domestic use and residues in food or water, while in utero and through breastfeeding. Exposure to even low levels of pesticides disrupts mental and physiological growth and can result in lifelong diseases and disorders. Chronic exposure and exposure to high levels of pesticides are associated with adverse impacts on fetal development, fertility and cancer, among other serious health effects.”

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Alternatives to synthetic chemical herbicides

A new report from Dr Meriel Watts gives farmers, home gardeners and councils plenty of alternatives to glyphosate for weed management.

There are many synthetic chemical herbicides on the market, but they all have a range of adverse health and environmental effects. There are some herbicides derived from natural plant extracts that can kill or suppress weeds, such as extracts from pine oil and coconut oil. But care must be taken to ensure that formulations do not include toxic surfactants, solvents or other inert or adjuvant ingredients. The report presents alternatives to synthetic chemical herbicides and their elements.

The report can be downloaded from the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP) website here

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Dr Meriel Watts – public talk on pesticides, health and the environment

Dr Meriel Watts spoke at a public meeting in Whangarei, New Zealand on the 4th of July. The talk covered pesticides, health and the environment: what’s happening globally, but not in New Zealand.

A recording of the talk is available at

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