Spraying danger

First published in Letters

GIVEN the toxic effects of glyphosate (cancer, birth defects, etc – see Greenpeace’s report) I ask Torfaen Council and Bron Afon CH to stop spraying such weedkillers around our estates.

It would be good practice to tell residents where weedkillers have been used, especially in areas where children play! Spraying and leaving areas wet with active weedkillers is dangerous as glyphosate remains active and toxic for several hours!

So sprayed areas should be cordoned off with warning notices or better still do some traditional weeding with hoes (etc)!

There seems to be a dangerous carefree mentality both within Torfaen Council and Bron Afon CH as to the use of weedkiller around our estates.

Maybe I should spray some on grass and invite the representatives of the above to run their hands through it, touch their mouths and their bare arms and legs and then see the results? (This is what children would do when they play on the grass and shrub areas!) It’s about time Bron Afon CH and Torfaen Council put resident’s health before weedkiller shortcuts!

Terry Banfield Cardigan Crescent Cwmbran

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2:09pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Which brand of weed killer do the stated councils use, I assume you know this?

Considering glyphosate is the most widely used type of weed killer, worldwide why are there not many if any cases of illness directly attributed to it?

Weed killer dries very quickly so unless the kids are licking the shrubs they should be fine.
Which brand of weed killer do the stated councils use, I assume you know this? Considering glyphosate is the most widely used type of weed killer, worldwide why are there not many if any cases of illness directly attributed to it? Weed killer dries very quickly so unless the kids are licking the shrubs they should be fine. Good Job No Kids
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10:10pm Tue 15 Jul 14

pbhj says...

>"It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides. This idea is spread by manufacturers, mostly in the reviews they promote , which are often cited in toxicological evaluations of glyphosate-based herbicides. However, Roundup was found in this experiment to be 125 times more toxic than glyphosate. Moreover, despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions ."

http://www.hindawi.c
om/journals/bmri/201
4/179691/

>"The campaign groups were reporting the results of their small snapshot study that found traces of glyphosate, one of the most widely used weedkillers in the world, in the urine of 182 volunteers living in urban areas across Europe. Glyphosate is known under the brand name Roundup and produced by biotech giant Monsanto."

http://www.theguardi
an.com/environment/b
log/2013/jun/17/wait
-conclusive-science-
concerned-issue

tl;dr Recent studies show glyphosphate to be far more toxic in preparations than previously considered as it was only tested alone. A very basic study intended to stimulate researchers to follow up showed that people in urban environments have glyphosphate in their urine.

There are genuine concerns that need additional research but Monsanto aren't going to fund it and people Monsanto don't like don't tend to do so well.

That aside, we have lots of people on community service don't we; weeding pavements and common areas seems a perfect sort of activity to serve the community.
>"It is commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest pesticides. This idea is spread by manufacturers, mostly in the reviews they promote [39, 40], which are often cited in toxicological evaluations of glyphosate-based herbicides. However, Roundup was found in this experiment to be 125 times more toxic than glyphosate. Moreover, despite its reputation, Roundup was by far the most toxic among the herbicides and insecticides tested. This inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to huge economic interests, which have been found to falsify health risk assessments and delay health policy decisions [41]." http://www.hindawi.c om/journals/bmri/201 4/179691/ >"The campaign groups were reporting the results of their small snapshot study that found traces of glyphosate, one of the most widely used weedkillers in the world, in the urine of 182 volunteers living in urban areas across Europe. Glyphosate is known under the brand name Roundup and produced by biotech giant Monsanto." http://www.theguardi an.com/environment/b log/2013/jun/17/wait -conclusive-science- concerned-issue tl;dr Recent studies show glyphosphate to be far more toxic in preparations than previously considered as it was only tested alone. A very basic study intended to stimulate researchers to follow up showed that people in urban environments have glyphosphate in their urine. There are genuine concerns that need additional research but Monsanto aren't going to fund it and people Monsanto don't like don't tend to do so well. That aside, we have lots of people on community service don't we; weeding pavements and common areas seems a perfect sort of activity to serve the community. pbhj
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3:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

RoundUpGarden says...

Glyphosate is subject to health and safety evaluation as are all pesticide products in Europe. The British public authorities also strictly control the use of pesticides, ensuring a high level of protection of human health and safety. For more information on how pesticides and herbicides are authorized in the UK, see http://www.pesticide
s.gov.uk/guidance/in
dustries/pesticides/
topics/pesticide-app
rovals/Approvals-for
-Pesticides-in-the-U
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Glyphosate is subject to health and safety evaluation as are all pesticide products in Europe. The British public authorities also strictly control the use of pesticides, ensuring a high level of protection of human health and safety. For more information on how pesticides and herbicides are authorized in the UK, see http://www.pesticide s.gov.uk/guidance/in dustries/pesticides/ topics/pesticide-app rovals/Approvals-for -Pesticides-in-the-U K RoundUpGarden
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