Category Archives: Aminopyralid

Pesticides in garden compost

This comes round every few years usually when an agrochemical company has introduced a new wonder. The link below is from the US but there are still reports of herbicides contamination in the UK. The current issue is stunted plants grown where horse manure has been used.

There are reports from the US about residues of Clopyralid contamination in compost from golf courses and hay meadows.

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The answer is simple; only compost material from your own garden but you must not use pesticides in your garden particularly the lawn if you want clean compost. Think of the bees and your kids or grandchildren. Do you want them running round on grass soaked in chemicals?

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Toxic manure is back!

While visiting friends today (strict social distancing!) for the first time for months we saw a new local community garden. One of the plots had broad beans with distorted leaves where horse manure had been used. It looks very much like damage from the herbicide aminopyralid.

Aminopyralid passes through the guts of animals and into the manure. It is persistent and only breaks down through the action of soil microbes. It was first reported in 2008, banned for a while and is now back. Why was it re-approved?

That is why we have a zero in/zero out policy here and reply on making our own compost from garden and kitchen waste.