Although our official crowdfunding campaign has finished you can still donate (even $5) to SGA’s Australia-first project to help all Australians make safer choices for people and nature when they buy garden chemical products.
You can find out about the project by watching the video below.
SGA wants to turn its independent database of 1000+ chemical garden products into an App which shows their safety for all Australians and for beneficial insects, birds, aquatic life, pets and other non-target organisms.The database has been developed by volunteer chemists, biochemists and toxicologists. NO FUNDS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR OR ACCEPTED FROM PRODUCT MANUFACTURERS!
The world is awash with over 80,000 chemicals that humans manufactured!
In Australia many of the sprays and other products to control garden pests, weeds and diseases are potentially harmful – some e.g. glyphosate the popular weed-killer, have been linked with diseases including cancer.
Chemical pollution is believed to play a significant role in the increase of species extinction rates. Pyrethrum, a popular insecticide, harms many beneficial insects and widely sold neonicotinoid insecticides are believed to be responsible for declining honey bee populations.
Even many fertilisers are harmful through pollution of waterways and failure to improve soil structure.
The average gardener does not know how safe or risky these garden products are!
Limited information on product labels is hard to interpret and doesn’t allow easy comparison with other products and we don’t know how many chemicals have been rigorously tested and received detailed assessment. Even worse, we know little about effects of accumulation of small amounts of a large number of chemicals.
At SGA we are going to make that information readily available so everyone can see which products are safe and which are risky.
To read more about this project, check out articles in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age