Stop using toxic ‘Roundup’ weedkiller in Camden
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We are asking Camden Council to follow other councils, stop using the controversial weedkiller glyphosate (Roundup) on our pavements, green spaces and estate gardens, and employ safe and environmentally friendly methods of weed control instead.
Many Camden residents are concerned about the use of this weedkiller as a spray in areas where we spend our time, and where our children and pets may come into contact with it after spraying on paths and pavements. There are many health concerns about glyphosate, as well as concerns about its effects on wildlife. In 2015 the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.
Several countries across the world have banned or severely restricted the use and sale of this weedkiller, including France, and there is a European Citizens Initiative to call for an EU-wide ban. In the UK a number of local authorities have already restricted its use in their operations, including Aberdeen and Edinburgh in Scotland and Hammersmith and Fulham in London.
Many safe alternatives are available to control weeds on paths and pavements, including alternative sprays such as simple vinegar, which do not carry any suspected risks to human health.
What do we want?
We are simply asking the leader of Camden Council to consider the concerns of citizens in Camden, to work with council contractors to stop the spraying of glyphosate in Camden, and use safe and environmentally friendly methods of weed control instead.
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