Farming these days is far distant from its origins. Farming used to supply people with food and clothing, farming used to provide nourishment. Now, it’s just another factory – run only to profit the owners. Fresh air in the country? Ha! A thing of the past……
My neighbour commenced shearing yesterday. After the sheep have been shorn, they are squirted with Eureka Gold to control lice. There are a variety of chemicals used for this purpose – all are toxic. Read about them Here Eureka Gold is an Organophosphate. Sheep treatments are very hazardous to the person applying it – read about the worker who was poisoned by Organophosphate Pesticides
Possible Health Effects of Organophosphates
- Runny nose
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle twitching
Further information on this subject can be found here.
This morning, after a brief encounter walking past the treated sheep the previous day, I suffered from
- shortness of breath
- muscle twitching
- violent headache
Now I need to wear a mask as soon as I step out from the house. Fresh country air? Ha!
Can wool be produced without these extremely hazardous chemicals? YES!
The Organic Trade Association in North America clearly states why organic wool production is important to the long term health of the planet.
Australian farmers also grow organic wool. Read a case study here. Plevna Downs has not only organic wool, but organic beef, lamb and mutton. These are just two examples of farmers who are doing the right thing – earning a living that is not at a huge cost to the people and the planet.
Now, for all the knitters out there, you can purchase fantastic organic wool from this great family company. Look at their range here And yes, they do ship internationally!