Organicfarming is growing agricultural product without using any chemicals whatsoever, and consumers are consuming it big-time because it has no chemicals in the product.
Pioneering Cook Islands organic farmers like Wayne Mitchell, Teava Iro, Akua Roberts and numerous other converted planters, have completed a series of organic farming workshop initiatives over the ppast few years, enabling them to be certified as organic farmers, gaining recognition both here and internationally, for growing agricultural products organically without using chemicals.
Now the government wants to disinfect our water with the chemical chlorine – which
will virtually kill off the new organic farming initiative - causing harm to plants, marine life and us.
Below is part of the Safety Data Sheet for chlorine from RealChem Australia, and it reads:
1. Other means of identification: Calcium hypochlorite, Hydrochlorous acid, Calcium oxychloride,
Calcium salt, Bleaching powder.
2. Hazards identification, classification of the substance/mixture: This material is classified as
hazardous according to the criteria of Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 (CLP), the Globally
Harmonised System of Classification, Labelling and Safe Work Australia.
Oxidising Solid- Category 2
Acute Toxicity- Oral-Category 4
Skin Corrosion/Irritation- Category 1B
Serious Eye Damage/Irritation- Category 2
Acute Hazard to the Aquatic Environment- Category 1 (M-Factor = 10).
AUHO31 Contact w/acids liberates toxic gas
H272 May intensify fire; oxidizer
H302 Harmful if swallowed
H314 Causes severe skin burns and eye damage
H400 Very toxic to aquatic life
This information about chlorine is self-explanatory.
Dr Ian Calhaem's article in Cook Islands News’ July 27 issue, was a timely reminder about the merits of Anolyte as a superior alternative water disinfectant together with filtration systems, UV and ozone treatment, instead of government’s preferred chlorine.
It is now time that we have an open and transparent debate about the relevance of chlorine in our
water today, knowing there are better, far superior and more effective alternatives available
today, that the majority of our people would prefer to further fully investigate, and to decide on.
I say: Let's have this open and transparent public debate, and be done with this 'chlorine issue', once
and for all!