STOP TOXIC SPRAYING IN BALLINA SHIRE
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PLEASE SIGN IF YOU WOULD LIKE BALLINA SHIRE COUNCIL TO STOP SPRAYING GLYPHOSATE & OTHER HERBICIDES IN OUR PARKS, FOOTBALL FIELDS & IN OTHER AREAS USED BY RESIDENTS & PETS
We the undersigned wish to express our concern about the potentially carcinogenic effects of glyphosate and the wide use of this and other chemicals in our shire. We ask that Ballina Shire Council seriously consider alternative methods of weed control including steam, burn-off and manual removal and make the health of residents a higher priority, as is being done in the Byron Shire*.
In March this year, researchers writing in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health argued that glyphosate, sold around the world as Roundup by Monsanto, should be subject to further safety review about whether it causes cancer. U.S. and European regulators have determined that it likely does not, while a United Nations body, the International Agency for Research on Cancer found in 2015 that it likely does. http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2017/02/22/jech-2016-208463
The recommended assessments include better testing of glyphosate levels in the human body and improved tracking of occupation exposure for people in particularly vulnerable professions. "The current safety standards are outdated," they write, "and may fail to protect public health and the environment."
As you may be aware, glyphosate has been banned in several international markets.
• Swiss supermarket chains, Coop and Migros, decided to remove glyphosate products from being sold due to health risks. http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/06/03/swiss-supermarkets-stop-sales-of-glyphosate-over-health-concerns/#.WW8CK2dlLIU
• France banned the herbicide nationally in retail locations and German retail giant REWE Group acted to remove all glyphosate products for their over 350 stores. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-glyphosate-idUSKCN0X512S
• Over 30,000 health professionals in Argentina have been advocating for a ban on glyphosate products. Active concern began when they witnessed an increased in cancer rates nationwide that was directly related to the use of glyphosate products in agriculture. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27373134
• Sri Lanka has enforced a prohibition on the use or sale of glyphosate products after health professions discovered that glyphosate was the main cause for kidney disease in the country. http://sustainablepulse.com/2015/05/25/sri-lankas-new-president-puts-immediate-ban-on-glyphosate-herbicides/#.WW8BYGdlLIU
*Byron Shire Council is on a path to zero chemical use in our weed control. Over the last couple of years, they have stopped all use of chemicals in all public spaces - bus stops, footpaths, parks, playgrounds and son on, and are using either hand weeding or steam weeding, according to Byron Shire mayor Simon Richardson.
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