A Precautionary Tale is an inspiring story about Mals. Mals (German pronunciation: [mals]; Italian: Malles Venosta[ˈmallez veˈnɔsta]) is a comune (municipality) in South Tyrol in northern Italy, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) northwest of Bolzano, on the border with Switzerland and Austria.

Mals, on the border with Switzerland and Austria – a town that declared itself pesticide-free.

Read all about their ten year campaign to become poison-free.

Flora and Fauna of Aotearoa is a new group based in Northland. They organised a conference in Titirangi in April 2019 that brought a lot of people together from all over NZ who share a passion for a poison-free Aotearoa and kaitiakitanga that is affirming of community and environmental well-being. Check them out, and join the network.

I NaturalistNZ is a fantastic resource for learning about NZ species. There is also an app that can connect you to the NZ citizen scientist community. You can upload your observations of species and connect with a nationwide and global database.

Environmental Health News

Weed management Advisory is campaigning against the use of glyphosate on Auckland roads and parks :

A Precautionary Tale: How one small town banned pesticides, preserved its food heritage and inspired a movement. This is an inspiring tale of citizen science and community action in a South Tyrolean town called Mals. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.” ( Margaret Mead)

A Coromandel business that provides chemical-free weed management:

“Growing up in Coroglen, on the banks of the Waiwawa River, we have never wanted to pump chemicals into our waterways, or around our precious children.

We provide a chemical free weed control service and sanitizing and cleaning solutions using the power of saturated H20 steam. 

It is a safe and effective alternative to chemical sprays.

Our aim is to enable and promote the environmental benefits of steam weeding, which have a long lasting and positive impact on our planet. “

Physicians and Scientists for Global Responsibility New Zealand Charitable Trust (PSGR) is a registered charitable trust with qualified researchers and volunteers who work to produce transparent, high quality science information to educate and inform the public.

“With the increasing incidence of cancer and chronic complex health conditions that are increasingly demonstrated to be connected to toxicity, reliance on toxic chemical-based agriculture should be phased out. Regulators appear to struggle to keep pace with new knowledge on the ways pesticides may exert harm, do not consider formulation toxicity and appear to excessively rely on industry supplied data in risk assessment.

As a precautionary measure, PSGR support organic, sustainable, regenerative agriculture as the preferred path for New Zealand, acknowledging the trade advantages and the protection of New Zealand’s biodiversity.”