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Growers fight Fruit Fly madness

Posted by: Paul Entwistle | 26 September, 2012 - 10:08 AM
Stone fruit growers say a bureaucratic decision to ban a pesticide to fight fruit fly is ludicrous.

Stone fruit growers have declared war on a bureaucratic decision to ban what they say is the only effective treatment against fruit fly. Paul Murray spoke to grower Brett Del-Simone and Simon Cubit from the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority for the full story.

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  • Steve, Iâ??d be more concerned about whatâ??s in my fruit when we can no longer grow it in Australia. As stated in various WHO documents, fenthion is rapidly broken down when exposed to sunlight and over time. If fenthion, and dimethoate for that matter, are so bad why are they not completely banned, why can they still be used on certain food products in Australia? The USA may have banned fenthion but itâ??s a bit naive to think that they do not use similar products to control outbreaks of fruit fly. Iâ??d like to see the same effort directed at abolishing the rubbish foods out there. Why donâ??t we just ban everything with saturated fat in it! A chemical free world with effective alternates, donâ??t we all want that?

    Cathy Saturday 13 October, 2012 - 10:09 AM
  • Just checked all our test results of our fruit sent to c'vale markets, ALL results showed NO fenthion what so ever. APVMA needs needs a good smack on their bottom, for making these allegations with no hard evidence. Your local grower.

    Stonefruit Friday 5 October, 2012 - 10:25 PM
  • My heart goes out to anyone brave enough to give their kids fruit treated with fenthion, a pesticide banned in the US and by WHO. It is not totally removed by washing and accumulates in body fat so can build up over time along with all the other organophosphates kids are exposed to.

    Steve Thursday 4 October, 2012 - 12:28 PM
  • First it was the cattle industry, then the sheep... are the Hill Growers the next on the list... My heart goes out to anyone brave enough to farm in Australia.

    Carol Wednesday 3 October, 2012 - 4:59 PM
  • I wonder how many chemicals the chinese use on their fruit... thats what we'll be eating if this crazy ban goes ahead.

    James Wednesday 3 October, 2012 - 4:47 PM
  • Simon from APVMA said that they are mainly concerned with the kids in the 2-6 age bracket. For any ill effects, they need to eat at least 1kg of fruit a day! Anyone have child that eats that much fruit? Besides any residue comes off when washed before eaten. Get real Simon.

    Steve Friday 28 September, 2012 - 9:31 PM

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