Formulated weedkillers, like Monsanto’s widely-used Roundup, leave residues in food and water, as well as public spaces.
Formulated weedkillers, like Monsanto’s widely-used Roundup, leave residues in food and water, as well as public spaces. Photograph: Rene van den Berg/Alamy Stock Photo
US government researchers have uncovered evidence that some popular weedkilling products, like Monsanto’s widely-used Roundup, are potentially more toxic to human cells than their active ingredient is by itself.
These “formulated” weedkillers are commonly used in agriculture, leaving residues in food and water, as well as public spaces such as golf courses, parks and children’s playgrounds.
The tests are part of the US National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) first-ever examination of herbicide formulations made with the active ingredient glyphosate, but that also include other chemicals. While regulators have previously required extensive testing of glyphosate in isolation, government scientists have not fully examined the toxicity of the more complex products sold to consumers, farmers and others.
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Monsanto introduced its glyphosate-based Roundup brand in 1974. But it is only now, after more than 40 years of widespread use, that the government is investigating the toxicity of “glyphosate-based herbicides” on human cells.
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare
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Bitou Bush alert for Brunswick Heads and New Brighton
Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare next fortnightly working bee, will be on May 19th, from 9 am until 1 pm. We are asking the community to get behind us to complete the primary work on Bitou bush in Brunswick Heads and New Brighton. For the Brunswick Heads chemical free site, meet at the end of South Beach Road fire track gate, not far from the Surf Club. Please wear boots, long sleeve shirt and long pants, a hat, gloves and bring water, rain coat and some morning tea. Tools and first aid kit will be provided. If you come later, enter the fire trial gate, walk along (300 m) it until you get to the second gate. Turn left and you will see us on the right side, towards the beach.
For New Brighton chemical free site, we will be there several times during the next 2 months. May 26th and 27th and June 2nd, 3rd, 11th, 12th, 16th and 17th. Please email before come to the working bees. We need to meet Biosecurity act demands from Rous County Council to exterminate all Bitou Bush by the 30 of June on this site. A fine to up to $1.1 million dollars can be issue to Byron Shire Council if work isn’t completed. We want support BSC to move towards removing synthetic herbicides from bush regenerations sites and this is your opportunity to show your support. Help need to meet this target urgently, other aways this site will be sprayed. Please email if you can help in any of this dates as I will be there to work with you. Any time you can offer will be appreciate. For this site, meet at North Head Road, first sharp curve towards the left, park your car and look for the beach access track. Once in the beach, head South and you will see all the Bitou Bush that we already cut.
The safety of synthetic herbicides for humans and our environment is an assumption that has to stop. Government agencies employees that are telling the public this information have to show written evidence, as independent scientist are saying the opposite.
BSCFL is a project of Mullum Seed
Mullumbimby Sustainability Education and Enterprise Development Incorporated
Nadia de Souza Pietramale
0478 272 300
Me and the brush hook……………………the beauty of herbicide free Bush Regeneration is that it is a slow process during which I can observe closely the health of the soil, the emerging indigenous plants that have used the lantana shelter as a nursery.