Petition to make British Forests Glyphosate Free

Petition to make British Forests Glyphosate Free

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Pesticide Free Forests started this petition to Forestry Commission (Forestry Commission) and

Many of Britain's forests are managed with heavy pesticide usage.

Each summer Asulox is used to kill Bracken. Throughout the year Glyphosate is used to kill unwanted tree saplings, bramble bushes and to prevent regrowth of felled trees.

Glyphosate is toxic to humans and wildlife and damages important ecosystems. 

Forestry management is possible without the use of Glyphosate. Quebec have not used it since 2001 in their forests and Austria have banned the pesticide.

 

I was walking my dog in my local forest and my local council contractors were spraying Glyphosate. I tried to walk away but it drifted onto me and my dog and we were both contaminated with it. People also forage for berries in my local forest, unaware that the very bramble bushes they pick from have been sprayed only days before with Glyphosate. I think the forest should be a safe haven, a place free from stress and concern about such contaminants. We should be able to allow our children to run free in the forest, playing on tree stumps, without fear that they will be covered in Glyphosate. 

There are viable alternatives on the market as more and more countries outlaw this carcinogen.

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