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My neighbour, who has to live with one of these ‘intensive agriculture’ igloo farms less than ten metres from his home, complained to me that the farms were operating noisy machinery between 10 PM and 1 AM for three consecutive weeknights. On the fourth day, a number of the resident magpies suddenly fell to the ground, writhing in agony and bleeding from every orifice. He called the neighbours, the RSPCA, and the local media, and this film was the result.
The film shows a group of local magpies slowly dying. In all, around 8 birds died in this one incident. Tests by Biosecurity Queensland confirmed that they had been paralysed after exposure to the neurotoxin CHLORPYRIFOS. This is what happens when intensive agriculture is allowed to be set up in rural residential neighborhoods without proper buffer zones. Thankyou to Warrior Films.
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A followup from Warrior Films, many thanks for all your hard work.
Queensland State Government guidelines specify a buffer zone between agricultural activities and neighbouring homes.
These are to be 40 metres if a vegetated buffer has been planted, 300 metres across open country.
Look how close these intensive agriculture structures are placed to this family’s house!
Less than 10 metres.
This is not acceptable. Ordinary everyday farming practices – involving agricultural chemicals – are not meant to be carried out right next to where families live. Even the manufacturer’s warnings state that protective clothing must be worn and that this organophosphate insecticide should not be used near humans or pets. These people don’t give a damn about their neighbours, or the environment, or, for that matter, their workers, who are not provided with adequate washing and toilet facilities (they use the neighbours’ fenceline), and have been seen operating spray rigs with no protective gear.
Who will hold these chemical cowboys to account?