1980’s: Woolgoolga. Cattle Deformities

A cattle breeder at Woolgoolga near Coff’s Harbour, reported that one of his cows had given birth to a calf that was deaf, had misshappen ears and chewing and swallowing problems. He noted that the date of its conception was approximately the same as those of the group of Coff’s Harbour children born with severe facial deformities. He was keenly aware of his farm’s close proximity to a banana plantation where pesticides were aerially sprayed. In the following year, the same cow delivered a perfectly healthy calf. There had been no spraying during the gestation period. p145 Quick Poison Slow Poison. Pesticide Risk in the Lucky Country 1994 Kate Short