More than two decades after a Queensland pumpkin farm was cleared of toxic residues, its owners are trying to sell their land to the public.
Key points:Pumpkin farms are considered toxic if they are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup, which has been linked to serious health effects and death in humansA new study found some of the chemicals used on Queensland’s Pumpkin Farm may be causing the cancer outbreakPumpkins were grown on the farm between 1949 and 1971The state’s Department of Primary Industries has since admitted the company is “still responsible for the toxic chemical residue” at the site.
“We’ve said from day one that we’re in full compliance with all regulations,” the company’s chairman, Michael Gannon, said.
“This is what we’re trying to do and that’s to protect the community from the toxic chemicals that are still in the land, because we don’t want the land to be contaminated.”
Mr Gannon said the state had no plans to stop the sale.
“It’s been our experience that if we do not do something about it we’re going to have a problem,” he said.’
We don’t care’The land was sold in May last year for $1.5 million.
It is the latest in a string of pumpkin farm sales to be approved by the department.
Pumpks and other agricultural products are sold in the state, but only on a commercial basis.
Pumps and other produce are also available for purchase from the Queensland Agricultural and Horticultural Development Agency (QAHDA).
Mr Golan said his company’s products were sold in small quantities.
“I would say, as a business, we don of concern,” he told the ABC.
“You know, we have to put out a product, and we don`t care what you’re going for, what your size is.”
Pumpkins are sold through the QAHDA.
It’s a very small scale business.
“People buy from QAHDI to buy pumpkins and other fruits and vegetables and they buy in bulk.”
If you buy through the market, that`s what we do, we sell a product in bulk.
“The ABC contacted QAHIDA for comment.
It has yet to respond.