1990’s: Harcourt (Vic). Health concerns related to pesticides.

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CHEMICAL COWBOYS -a story of Guillain Barre Syndrome
By William Simmons, Manangatang, Victoria, Australia

“…These cases now will spend many months and years being fought out by lawyers in courts but the chemicals will still be used. In a small community outside Westwood at Harcourt, an apple growing area of country Victoria, it was revealed that birth defects and pregnancy problems were worse here than any parts of Australia. We have the statistics, we
suspect the orchard sprays but we continue to spray for the sake of productivity. What is productivity and at what cost to some are we prepared to accept to achieve these results?…”