Stop the use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate in public areas

Stop the use of the controversial weedkiller glyphosate in public areas

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Jackie Orbell started this petition to West Suffolk Council

We are asking West Suffolk 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.

In July 2020, West Suffolk’s Environment & Climate Change Taskforce endorsed that they would reduce the use of the weed-killer Glyphosate, aiming to cease its usage altogether. However, they have rescinded their goal. They state “none of the alternative systems meet all our requirements … wider environmental, practical and economic considerations.” Yet 30 councils in the UK have banned glyphosate or are phasing it out.

There are many safe alternatives. For example, foam stream - made from natural plant oils and sugars making it safe for use around people, animals and delicate environments. The foam has been cleared for use as organic, non-toxic and safe by many regulatory bodies around the world. It is also an effect method of removing graffiti. 

Glyphosate, a chemical found in pesticides, has been linked to neurodevelopmental, kidney and liver problems and behavioural issues in children. In May 2015, the World Health Organisation concluded that glyphosate was ‘probably carcinogenic’ to humans. Many West Suffolk residents are concerned about the use of this pesticide in areas where our children and pets come into contact with it after spraying on paths and pavements.

What do we want?

We are simply asking the leader of West Suffolk Council to consider the concerns of citizens in Bury St Edmunds and the rest of West Suffolk, to work with council contractors to stop the spraying of glyphosate, and use safe and environmentally friendly methods of weed control instead.

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