Stop using glyphosate herbicides on public land

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Newcastle Green Spaces Initiative (NGSI) has been campaigning against Newcastle City Council’s use of glyphosate herbicide in public spaces for over two years

An EU directive states that the use of pesticides such as glyphosate should be minimised or prohibited in many public places. Newcastle City Council are not fully complying with this directive.

Glyphosate contaminates land, water and air has been linked with many health problems, including birth defects, kidney failure, cancer, celiac disease, colitis,  autism, to name a few. Furthermore it is harmful to much of our wildlife, particularly pollinators which are disappearing at an alarming rate.  

Several European countries have banned the use of glyphosate herbicides by local authorities, for example Holland, Denmark and Sweden.

Many local authorities in the UK, such as Southwark, Cornwall County Council and South Tyneside Council, use comparatively little, if any glyphosate.

It is unlikely that residents are aware of the council’s use of this harmful herbicide. The more that people are made aware, the more pressure the council will face to stop using glyphosate. There are other viable and safer alternatives.

The council have made a few changes to how they use glyphosate  in certain areas in response to NGSI lobbying but we urge them to stop using it on public land immediately.

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