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Why Are NZ Kauri Trees Dying?

Could It Be RoundUp Glyphosphate Poisoning and other chemicals.

The New Zealand Kauri Tree,  Agathis australis, is under threat.  New Zealand Television, TV3, I think, had a programme on a couple of weeks ago about the mysterious disease which is killing off many NZ Kauri trees.

Kauri are a New Zealand icon, as important symbollically to the ‘locals’ as the kiwi, the silver fern, or the haka.  Our early history, our economy, and the way the rest of the world perceived us, had so much to do with the majestic kauri, which was milled extensively.  They are the largest of our native trees, and have a longevity somewhere between 1000 and 2000 years.

Nowadays, fortunately, we are not so fond of cutting down kauri trees.  Instead, our conservation department has a policy of planting kauri trees to help regenerate our natural forests, and it is forbidden to cut down any kauri. Our largest protected kauri forest is the Waipoua Forest reserve, which begins just south of the Hokianga Harbour, and runs down over an expanse of nine thousand hectares towards Dargaville to the south.  The Waipoua Forest is home to the famous ‘Tane Mahuta’, the king of the forest.

The Trounson Kauri Park, which is around five hundred hectares, is in the same area.  This Park, although smaller in size, protects a stand of some of the most mature kauri left in Northland.

But our Kauri trees are suffering.  Many have died already, and more are showing signs of disease.

We were told on the TV programme that the trees most affected by the virus are those which lie closeby to the walking tracks.  One researcher said that it is probable that people walking on the track may be carrying the disease through the forest.  It was suggested that feet be dipped in an insecticide solution, which would kill the virus, before people were allowed to make the walk through the forest.  This ‘solution’ will only mean more money for the insecticide/chemical companies, and will most likely not cure the problem, but add to the accumulation of poisons in the area,  in my estimation.

We saw a scientist injecting the trees with a substance which he hoped would boost the immune system of the affected kauri trees.  Thankfully, the scientist said that this would not be a long-term solution to the problem.  Of course it won’t be.  Let’s look outside the square, outside the frame we were given on this programme.

Injections will not be the answer.  Trees are like people.  If they get sick, then you should look at either a nutritional deficiency, or an external toxic condition, such as environmental poisons, as the reason for the demise in health.  It is also possible that climate change could be lowering the resistance of kauri to this killer virus.  Whatever, the answer is not to be found in administering more poisons, or antibiotics,  in the hope of a cure.

So it is a virus.  OK.  But you have to look at WHY these trees are succumbing to this virus.  Apparently, the virus is not a new one.  It exists in the soil already.

I thought it was interesting that none of the researchers on the programme asked the question “What insecticides or fungicides are being used along these pathways?”  Or – “Could the pesticides we are using, such as Brodifacoum, 10-80, or another rodent killer, be having an effect on these trees?

These pathways through the Kauri forests are surely sprayed with something to keep the weeds at bay.  Our MAF researchers and gardeners have not caught up with the play yet.  They are still to be seen everywhere about the place, spraying poison on grass-side verges, in parks, in the street, and, no doubt, in our so-called ‘protected’ forests.  Less than a year ago, they poured Brodifacoum, a potent pesticide poison which stays in the soil for years and which is banned in many other countries, over many hectares of the Shakespear Park on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.  Within a week of the last of these drops of Brodifacoum,  30 tonne in total, 10,000 seagulls were reported dead along the coast nearby.  This was conveniently blamed on a violent storm at sea that week. {see my earlier posts from 2011 on the use of Brodifacoum in the Shakespear Park, Whangaparaoa, NZ)

Scientists have proven that the mysterious deaths of beehives resulting in ‘bee colony collapse disorder’  are attributed to a virus, and actually is not so mysterious afterall. One cause has been found – an insecticide which is based on synthetic nicotinoid poison.  Bees which were exposed to minute and undetectable amounts of the nicotinoid insectide substance became sick with the killer virus, whilst those bees which were not exposed to even these minute, undetectable amounts, continued to live a healthy life.  Read my posts from February 2011, entitled ‘Bee Colony Collapse Disorder’, and ‘Bees Killed By Insecticide’.

If the humble little bees have been shown to be so incredibly sensitive to toxins such as Nicotinoid substances, even in homeopathic doses, then surely we should be looking at the probability that the giant Kauri might be equally as sensitive to such things as ‘Round-Up’ and other weedkillers.  Even in homeopathic doses, these weed-killer chemicals are likely to be affecting the immune system of the Kauri, causing it to succumb to diseases such as this virus.

Of course, climate change will also be weakening the defence system of these trees.  But so, too, will the chemicals which are used in the area be weakening the defense system of our native trees, as well as contributing, along with tree-lopping, to climate change.

Stopping all use of chemical weedkillers and toxic pesticides is my vision, not just for the Kauri forests, but everywhere in New Zealand.  These chemical pollutants have a lot to answer for, both in the rise of cancers and debilitating diseases such as multiple sclerosis, parkinson’s and arthritis, as well as undermining the health of our Kauri trees.

The sooner that homeopathic solutions to these problems of controlling weeds and rodents is acknowledged by the medical profession, the mainstream research scientists, and the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers, the better.  Homeopathy DOES work, is relatively inexpensive,  and is  already used in biodynamic gardening and other organic gardening methods.  It is also a wonderful solution to the problems which using antibiotics, vaccinations and immunizations pose.  We just need the ‘powers that be’ to let that cat out of the bag and forego the huge profits that are generated by the continued use of harmful pesticides, insecticides, and the medical potions which are consequently prescribed, mainly as the end result of using these terrible contaminants in our environment.

 

 

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