Blueberry blues: how the cash crop is causing a contamination crisis in Coffs Harbour
High levels of chemicals used to grow the berries are ending up in the water - and it's community groups, rather than regulators, who are blowing the whistleThe dirty dozen: 12 pesticides that are banned elsewhere but still used in AustraliaGet our free news app, morning email briefing or daily news podcastIn a region once famous for its Big Banana, blueberries are now the dominant crop. The berries account for $200m of the $250m agriculture industry in the Coffs Harbour district.But with the change of use came concerns in this idyllic community on the New South Wales mid north coast about the environmental impact of pesticides and fertiliser runoff from these intensive farms. It may now be reaching a crisis, according to some scientists. Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2022/sep/28/blueberry-blues-how-the-cash-crop-is-causing-a-contamination-crisis-in-coffs-harbour
Zdroj: The Guardian
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