Get Gold Coast City Council to Stop Using Glyphosate (Roundup) & Other Toxic Herbicides

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Why are Gold Coast City Council still recklessly spraying extremely toxic herbicides like glyphosate (active ingredient in Roundup) & 2,4-D (one part of Agent Orange) that have been linked to cancer, kidney failure, gut disease & cell death, all over our roads, beaches, dunes (yep, even the sand dunes), parks & all over nature strips outside our homes, when 17 countries have banned or motioned to ban Roundup (glyphosate), many of which years ago, in a bid to protect the safety of their citizens and resources, as well as several councils also banning its use domestically. 

The spraying schedule on the Gold Coast is obscene (both the frequency & scale), & unrivalled anywhere else in the world, & you can rest assured that you or your loved ones are inhaling (or absorbing) these highly toxic chemicals on just about any outing in this city. Council are also notorious for next to never putting out the appropriate signage when spraying is in progress, as well as often spraying under inappropriate conditions. Majority of the sprays they use contain glyphosate (look for fluorescent red or green on the median strips, parks & beaches), & even 2,4-D. It is the absolute height of insanity & must be stopped. These substances are also known to pass in utero & have intergenerational impacts

In May, a jury in California ruled that Monsanto was liable for the non-Hodgkin lymphoma of Alva and Alberta Pilliod. The jury ordered the company to pay $1bn in damages to each of them, and more than $55m total in compensatory damages. That decision followed two consecutive trial wins for families taking on Monsanto over Roundup, which research has linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a cancer that affects the immune system. There are now in excess of 17,000 lawsuits pending as part of a class action against Bayer Monsanto over health damages from Roundup use.

We request henceforth that Gold Coast City Council adopt safe & natural alternatives to the use of highly noxious, toxic chemicals, such as steam-weeding &/or the use of plant-derived formulations, or look at ways to cultivate & accomodate weeds to help curb rapidly dwindling bee populations. 

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