A trial of green tea, sugar cane and other produce for children has been cancelled after concerns over the effects of pesticides and herbicides.
The trial was due to be run in three rural areas of New South Wales on the Gold Coast, a trial area with high rates of pesticide exposure, in South Australia.
It was also to involve an increased use of pesticide-resistant crops.
However, the trial was halted after a public outcry from farmers and other stakeholders.
In a statement, the Gold and Northern Rivers Authority said the trial had been “terminated” because it was not “in the public interest to conduct it”.
“In accordance with the recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Pesticides, the Department of Health has taken action to end the trial, and to cease all use of pesticides,” it said.
“This decision has been made in consultation with the Australian Pesticide Agency and the National Pesticid Advisory Group.”
The Department has also suspended all activities relating to the trial and all research undertaken related to it.
“In response to the decision, one of the organisers of the trial said the group had not received any official guidance from the Department to cancel the trial.”
I think it’s ridiculous that the government would stop an independent trial that’s already underway and would only cancel it if there’s no evidence to support it,” he said.
The Gold Coast has seen a dramatic rise in pesticide use in recent years.
Pesticides are used on crops that grow on a certain area, such as on coffee or apples, and on crops grown on nearby fields.
There have been concerns about the effects pesticides can have on bees and other pollinators.
The Australian Pest Management Agency is currently reviewing pesticide residues in the trial area.