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We the undersigned wish to express our concern about the carcinogenic effects of glyphosate and the wide use of this and other chemicals in our shire. We ask that Noosa 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*.We want Noosa Shire Council to stop spraying all chemical herbicides and pesticides (roundup, Brunnings Weed Kill, Weedpro, Sharpshooter Weedkiller, Weedmaster Duo, Zero and many more) on our roadsides, public spaces (pools, ovals, playgrounds, parks, suburbs) and council reserves.

We want council to adopt a more holistic and sustainable approach to managing weeds in the shire, for the benefit of our environment, our waterways, our animals and our own health.
Why is this important?

There is a growing body of scientific evidence that links glyphosate to health and environmental harm. An in vitro study published in 2013 found that Roundup, the full formula herbicide that includes the active ingredient, glyphosate, is up to 1,000 times more toxic to human cells than glyphosate alone. This is most disturbing because the EPA approval process is based solely on studying glyphosate and no testing is conducted on the full herbicide formula, which includes the “inert” ingredients and adjuvants that magnify its toxicity.

A short time ago, I took my two little boys for a morning play at the Lions Park Noosa Heads (Hastings street side of the River) We arrived there at around 9:30am. As we arrived, a council worker arrived with a quad bike with a massive tank fitted to the back. He put out a sign saying: Spraying in progress. There was a breeze blowing across the field towards the play area, BBQ's and the river. Concerned about what he was going to spray and the wind blowing towards the park, I approached the man and asked what he was going to spray, and he said: "Oh, it's only RoundUp". I quickly gathered up our stuff, grabbed the kids and got out of there. I was meeting with a few friends and their kids, but phoned them and arranged to meet up at a different location. On our way to the car park, I warned another lady with a baby and toddler that had just arrived. She was also aware of the dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) and immediately turned around and left. By this time the man had started spraying so I couldn't get to the other women with their babies and children already at the playground, to warn them.

The area that was about to be sprayed was huge so it would have taken a very long time. What about all the babies and kids paying on the playground during that time? What about the residue of the toxin left on the playground equipment, BBQ's and in the river, after the spraying? What about this kids and babies arriving just as the guy left and Roundup still wet on the grass and sprayed area and playground equipment?

Dermal (skin) cells exposed to low levels of glyphosate have been shown to induce a stiffening of the cytoskeleton (the cell's internal structural support) while higher levels of glyphosate cause gross changes in cell shape. Such physical effects will impair skin elasticity, and compromise vital contact, adhesion, continuity, and communication between the dermal cells. This spells a loss of protective function and vulnerability to disease.

Evidence of glyphosate interference with mitochondrial function is increasingly emerging in the scientific literature. Mitochondria are bodies within cells which are key to the orchestrated cell death needed to form skin: a loss of mitochondrial function impairs the transition of dermal to epidermal cells. Add to this that skin cells are adapted for rapid multiplication and you get a loss of control of skin cell growth which could contribute to cancer.

The actual risk might be much worse than that indicated above. The experiments are based on stored skin samples or cultured skin cells treated with pure glyphosate only. Real-life, skin on a body is exposed to glyphosate in the form of 'Roundup' formula. The formula is a combination of glyphosate with adjuvants to help it enter cells. Roundup on skin could present a very different, and much more harmful, scenario.

Do we want this to be happening to our babies and kids? (A baby's skin is obviously much more fragile than adult skin.)

The increased health risks and health complications as result of this herbicide are escalating at an alarming rate, as more and more research is being conducted into the impact and linkage of this toxin to our health and behaviours. Overwhelming scientific evidence documents the potential harms of glyphosate.There are literally thousands of independent scientific articles available on the negative impact glyphosate has on both the environment, soils, waterways, plants, animals and humans.

Roundup's active ingredient glyphosate has been scientifically linked to be toxic to humans, our animals, soils, earthworms, amphibians and our waterways. One if the mechanisms of Glyphosate is that it binds to, and removes minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc that are vital to our health. Another issue with using herbicides and pesticides in our shire is it ultimately creates more weeds and pests as it builds tolerance and immunity over time. This translates to the use of stronger formulations at higher applied rates over time...therefore more toxicity and longer half life in our soils and environments.

The use of these herbicides become part of the problem, not the solution, as it alters the environment substantially. The use of these herbicides and pesticides are not providing a long term solution, they are simply providing a ‘band aid’ style approach which only escalates the cycle.

The writing is on the wall for glyphosate. The International Agency for Research on Cancer’s report on the chemical concluded it was probably carcinogenic to humans, and the European Union came close to a ban that was backed by a petition signed by more than 1.3 million citizens – and only stopped by intense, expensive lobbying. The European parliament has called for it to be banned by 2022.

And it isn’t just the EU – other governments are reacting very differently to our own. France has said it would ban the chemical within three years. Germany has begun instituting a ban and some retailers there have pulled it from their stores. Italy has banned its use as a pre-harvest treatment. Countries including the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, and El Salvador have also banned the use of glyphosate. Back in 2016, the use of Glyphosate had already been banned or restricted in eight countries around the globe.

One of the UK’s largest DIY retailers is reviewing the sale of Roundup weedkiller products amid mounting concerns about their use, after a US jury found that the herbicide had caused a terminally ill man’s cancer.

On Friday the 10th of August 2018, Dewayne Johnson, a 46-year-old former groundskeeper, was awarded $289m (£226m) in damages from Monsanto after a jury ruled that Roundup had caused his terminal blood cell cancer and the company had failed to warn him of the health risk from exposure.The jury also found that Monsanto had “acted with malice or oppression” and ruled that it knew or should have known the weedkiller was dangerous. During the trial, the court heard that Johnson may have just months to live and his wife had been forced to work two jobs to help pay for his treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Johnson’s lawyers argued over the course of a month-long trial in San Francisco that Monsanto had “fought science” for years and targeted academics who spoke up about possible health risks of the herbicide product. Johnson was the first person to take the agrochemical corporation to trial over allegations that the chemical sold under the brand Roundup causes cancer.

“We were finally able to show the jury the secret, internal Monsanto documents proving that Monsanto has known for decades that: "Roundup could cause cancer,” Johnson’s lawyer Brent Wisner said in a statement. The verdict, he added, sent a “message to Monsanto that its years of deception regarding Roundup is over and that they should put consumer safety first over profits”.

Monsanto has long worked to “bully scientists” and suppress evidence of the cancer risks of its popular weedkiller, a lawyer argued on Monday 6th August 2018, in a landmark lawsuit against the global chemical corporation.

“Monsanto has specifically gone out of its way to bully … and to fight independent researchers,” said the attorney Brent Wisner, who presented internal Monsanto emails that he said showed how the agrochemical company rejected critical research and expert warnings over the years while pursuing and helping to write favourable analyses of their products. “They fought science.”

DeWayne Johnson, known also as Lee, a California man whose cancer has spread through his body. The father of three and former school groundskeeper, who doctors say may have just months to live, is the first person to take Monsanto to trial over allegations that the chemical sold under the Roundup brand is linked to cancer. Thousands have made similar legal claims across the US.

Wisner further cited Monsanto emails from decades prior, in which the company was working with a genotoxicity expert who reviewed a series of 1990s studies. He raised concerns about Roundup impacts on humans and suggested further areas of research. After the expert’s analyses, Monsanto representatives began considering finding a different expert and also started working on a press statement saying the product carried no risk, according to Johnson’s lawyer.

During the lengthy trial, the plaintiff’s attorneys brought forward internal emails from Monsanto executives that they said demonstrated how the corporation repeatedly ignored experts’ warnings, sought favourable scientific analyses and helped to “ghost-write” research that encouraged continued usage.

Councils across Australia are still using the weed killer glyphosate in sensitive areas like playgrounds, sport fields and parks, despite a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning the chemical probably causes cancer way back in 2015 / 2016!
The Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) and the Federal Department of Health started re-assessing the risks that Glyphosate / Roundup presents to humans, and they (APVMA) told the ABC  that it expected the investigation to be finalised in May or June 2016. Did anything change after the re-assesment? What were the findings?

It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share our community with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not.

This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, pets, native animals and all the flora and fauna of this area - including of course, our beloved bees.

The world’s most used weedkiller  RoundUp / Glyphosate, damages the beneficial bacteria in the guts of honeybees and makes them more prone to deadly infections, new research has found.

Please have a look at the following:

Zach Bush MD is one of the few triple board-certified physicians in the USA, with expertise in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Hospice/Palliative care. Have a look at what he has to say about Glyphosate and how it causes cancer and destroys the environment. and
GMO Expert Jeffrey Smith Discusses the Dangers of Roundup, Weed Killer and Cancer:
How Glyphosate is Poisoning our Food Supply - Jeffrey Smith:
The Health Dangers of Roundup (glyphosate) Herbicide. Jeffrey Smith & Stephanie Seneff:
Are glyphosate products safe to use?
Glyphosate through your skin :

On the Council website it states: Our values and vision is "Engagement with our community to protect and enhance ..."
Well Noosa Council, please prove to us that these are indeed your values and vision, and stop the spraying of all chemical herbicides and pesticides.

•             Swiss supermarket chains, Coop and Migros, decided to remove glyphosate products from being sold due to health risks.
•             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.
•             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.
•             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.

Roundup Chemical Doubles Your Risk of Lymphoma - June 5th, 2014
                A major new review finds this “safe” weed killer is anything but harmless.
Local councils still using weed killer glyphosate despite WHO warning it 'probably causes cancer

The Santa Rosa City Council recently banned the use of synthetic weed-killers like Roundup at dozens of parks, buildings and medians around town:

*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. (2015)