Stop Spraying a Glyphosate Based Weedkiller around our estates.

At present Torfaen County Borough Council via a contractor liberally spray a toxic glyphosate based weedkiller around our estate.Over 600 people signed a petition to ask the council to stop this practice which is highly detrimental to our health and wellbeing and has a devastating effects on the biodiversity and the environment. The council were supplied with a great wealth of scientific evidence (Peer reviewed papers etc) as to exactly why the above spraying is so dangerous.

Notably that even very small amounts of glyphosate can cause cancer,fatty liver disease,kidney damage,birth defects ,endocrine disruption and can comprise the immune system (not very good in a Covid 19 Pandemic) etc. I ask people to kindly check the facts for themselves by looking at the Glyphosate Monograph on and also on the Navdanya website re Glyphosate factsheet. It is worth repeating that extremely low doses of glyphosate based weedkiller causes liver and kidney disease.lnfact the doses were many thousand times lower permitted by regulators! Please see: Mesnage R,Arno.M,Constanzo M,Malatesta M,Seralini GE and Antoniou MN.Transcriptome profile analysis reflects rat liver and kidney damage following chronic ultra low dose glyphosate exposure.Environment Health 2015;14(1)70 doi.10.1186/s12940-015-0056-1. 
Given the evidence and the fact that we have photographs showing the liberal spraying of glyphosate onto a path ,with glyphosate gushing out of the spraying Lance (incidentally on an area with no weeds!) then the very least the council should do is to adopt the precautionary principle and stop the spraying . I am at a loss as to why the council feels it is necessary to carry on spraying a toxic glyphosate based weedkiller around our estates? They even spray on grass verges that are then mown a week later! Spraying could be stopped by just letting the grass on our estates grow to increase the biodiversity (wildflowers,"weeds",grasses encourage insects,insects benefit the birds and bees are pollinators etc!) The grass could then be cut twice a year and used by local farmers for fodder etc. The additional benefit would be residents will be pleased because the terrible noise from grass cutters,strummers and leaf blowers will be reduced! Worker's health will be improved as they won't have to breath in poisonous two stroke mix most of the day! And yes they can be employed with hoes etc removing weeds that are deemed dangerous to those people who trip over weeds from our paths and pavements. Of course the dreaded Japanese knotweed can be know controlled biologically. 
Of course the council have ignored our pleas to stop spraying and merely refer to the ruling by the Welsh Assembly Government/Senedd who refer to a ruling by the EU! I have pointed out that the EU's ruling was based on dodgy evidence so is not valid.Please don't just take my word but have a look at the "Monsanto Papers "file on the European Corporate Observatory website or on is interesting to note that Blackrock have shares in Bayer/Monsanto.See the Vandana Shiva book "Oneness vs the 1%".

Lastly if the council are serious about protecting our health and wellbeing they should respect the Welsh government's Future Generations and Wellbeing Act which stipulates that pesticide use should be reduced and biodiversity increased! The continued use of a toxic weedkiller around our estates is scandalous and highly dangerous an should be stopped ASAP. 



Why the contribution is important

Because it complies with the fact that the council have declared a climate emergency.The links are blatantly obvious as se need to adopt agroecology methods in managing our environment and farming and horticulture.Oil based gm based monoculture practices are destroying our planet! See Vandana Shiva's informative book "Who Actually Feeds the World ".

by TerryBanfield on November 12, 2020 at 09:04AM

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  • Posted by VeronikaBTorfaenCouncil November 12, 2020 at 09:30

    Thank you for submitting this idea to the challenge.
  • Posted by CAJacob November 12, 2020 at 12:14

    Supporting the natural environment, which is currently under threat from many human activities, will assist climate change. All efforts to enhance protection of pollinators, invertebrates, and water quality
    from pesticides are very important, as well as reducing the impaction on human health.
    Alternatives are availalble which do not require pesticides and will eliminate this kind of impaction for all benefits.
  • Posted by Rose November 14, 2020 at 08:54

    One of the simplest and obvious ways of increasing biodiversity would be to stop using the carcinogenic weed killer glyphosate. This is currently used by Torfaen council in residential areas, including around schools. Alternative methods of weed control are available. I believe that Wrexham council have reduced glyphosate use by introducing a system which utilises hot water and a foam made from natural plant oils.
  • Posted by ceriregan December 05, 2020 at 07:19

    This is important - please take note. Adding chemicals into the atomosphere and underground waterways, in built up areas is detrimental to nature and all human life. I don't know what more I can say here, but it beggars belief what we (humans) are doing to ourselves and our natural environment. Please stop this, find an alternative as mentioned above. Learn from others. Read the reports.
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