Headlines often vaunt the fact that a solar farm will provide power for thousands of homes and create hundreds of jobs.
How would we the lay person have any idea if this was correct or not – or does it matter? The notion of solar farms is great, but will they provide power when the sun does not shine? And will the jobs be around when construction is completed. There has been a noticeable movement away from wind turbine installation to large solar panel facilities.
Is this a sign of the times as things are not looking too good for the Bald Hills installation in Gippsland, where it has been found that noise from the turbines is audible even in homes?
The construction of solar farms on prime agricultural land should be an absolute no-no. After all, we have countless locations on pore and stoney soils. Also, the visual impact of large solar farms must be paramount. Near Camperdown, there is a proposal to construct 400 hectares of panels on an historic property. Quite rightly, locals have objected.
WHAT A FUSS
So far, cancer has not carried me away, even though I have been using glyphosphate since its release.
Not on broad acres, but with hand held micron herbies and hand pump sprayers. No doubt I have copped a dosage on bare legs and arms. Maybe I am fortunate that Jimmy Dancer has not attacked or good Lord, it just may be safe. If asked to name one of the most significant contributors to soil health and farm profitability over the past decades, glyphosphate would be up the top.
No-till farming has revolutionised agriculture and spraying out old pastures has revolutionised over-sowing.
There probably is not much we eat, drink or wear that has not been accused of being carcogenic.
Thankfully, so far, in Australia most are dismissing any claim that glyphosphate is harmful. But maybe we should err on the side of caution and take more care.