The not-so-golden fleece

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
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Muscle twitching
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Coma
  • Death

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
  • sweating
  • nausea
  • muscle twitching
  • confusion
  • 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!

So don’t let anyone tell you that producing goods ethically and organically cannot be done. 

It can!

Meanwhile, my search for another place to live continues……

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10 thoughts on “The not-so-golden fleece

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  2. Who would of have thunk it? Nancy you must be the Canary in the coal mine. Thanks for this. And continued good luck in trying to find a healthy place to live.
    Bob

    • Yes Bob, I use the Canary-in-the-coal-mine to describe my situation to people. There is an International Organisation called the Canary Report – read what they have to say on housing and poverty issues. In the old days, the miners responded the a canary’s distress – but in modern times we are shunned and left to struggle on our own.

  3. Totally agree with Bob, and hope that your neighbour will come to his senses, sooner rather than later, for everyone’s good.
    Crossing my fingers for you to find the right home.

    • Thanks Fran. Maybe I’ve been kept here long enough to raise this issue…..as for people coming to their senses – that’s assuming they have senses to come to!

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  5. I wish that I could wave a magic wand which would have the Polies develop a brain. For to long we have allowed these chemicals, and the companies who manufacture them, to control out lives and what we consume.
    Just the other day I received a “Factsheet” put out by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) which states, and remembering this is an Australian Government statutory authority which was established back in 1993, Quote” There are over 8000 different pesticides and veterinary medicines products in the Australian marketplace. “unquote

    Each of these chemicals have the potential, individually, to harm. Combined they make a toxic cocktail which is being force fed into the population. I feel that you,and people like you, are the tip of the iceberg and that we will see more and more people developing problems which are associated with the over use of chemicals which are seeping into our food chain,water,air and home….Mother Earth.

    You are indeed a canary who is calling out in the depths of a mine…..and few are listening. Hopefully that will change in the very near future and people will open their ears to what is being said.

    • Bless you Les, for your care and words – and for the action I know you take to help this planet survive.

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