Signs of the times 3 by golftragic

Signs of the times 3

This is getting kinda ridiculous. There was one single worker in hazmat overalls (but no mask) spraying weeds halfway down the bank to the left, ie at least 10m from this path.
Perhaps he works all over and right by the path as well. If its one of those particular weed spray, it is something to avoid getting any where near it! Rules, rules, rules!
April 3rd, 2020  
Herbicides worry me at the best of times, but we are bombarded with “thou shalt not” messages at the moment. Interesting street shot
April 3rd, 2020  
@maggiemae She didn't have any sort of protective gear on her head at all, and had a screen on the end of her spray wand to prevent drift so I very much doubt it was something terrible. I spent 20 years farming and dealt with so many really toxic things, some now banned, that I'm not too fussed about glyphosate at the concentrations used in weed sprays.
April 3rd, 2020  
@ethelperry I understand your concerns Ethel, but the worker had no protective gear on her head at all, and had a hemispherical shield on the end of a long wand to prevent drift and target weeds precisely. Added to which the concentration of glyphosate used for this kind of application is very dilute. I always have some 'industrial strength' concentrate (from the farm) in my shed, but it's diluted 1:1000 to use in the garden. My SIL is a highly experienced and knowledgable agronomist (not gung-ho at all) who works with orchardists and farmers of all types and tells me it's perfectly safe at that dilution.
April 3rd, 2020  
A bit of an overkill on the signage.
April 3rd, 2020  
@dide Just a titchy tiny little bit - not.
April 3rd, 2020  
Goes with the confusion we're all in!!
April 3rd, 2020  
Unfortunately our world has become somewhat litigious so I guess they're making sure that they've covered their butts (at least where the public is concerned).
April 3rd, 2020  
Herbizide is probably killing more people then the corona virus and nobody talks about it. Don’t even want to think of how many animals and insects it kills every day!
April 3rd, 2020  
Ditto Angelica
April 4th, 2020  
@gilbertwood Absolutely right.
April 4th, 2020  
@merrelyn Yes, you're quite right, no-one wants to take responsibility any more. Gives a whole new meaning to the old Johnny Cash song 'A boy named Sue'.
April 4th, 2020  
@angelikavr @jgpittenger I totally respect your point of view, but broad-acre farming would be very difficult without some judicious use of herbicides. Type, frequency and concentration of application and toxicity have been significantly reduced in modern farming as has water useage. Delivery is now closely targeted and monitored to confine effects, and the whole thing is subject to very close and stringent regulation in Australia. Really toxic chemicals have been banned. For example, chemicals that were commonly used in large-scale rice production 30-40 years ago are long gone, minimal application of quite different product/s is only used at all when absolutely necessary Organic farming is admirable and fine on small acreages, but both quality and quantity of food production would be very badly affected without the option of some herbicides on farms of thousands of acres. Whew, got a bit carried away there. Sorry, I'm still closely involved with broad-acre farming in one way or another. I certainly don't intend to be disrespectful or intolerant of different life principles.
April 4th, 2020  
Ditto Angelica
April 4th, 2020  
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