After the ECHOs full page of articles 2 weeks ago, covering the Monsanto/Bayer product,(Round-up, glyphosate) and the class actions underway in the US, I was disappointed to see a worker spraying the garden beds at 7 am on a Friday morning. To get rid of the wandering dew he told me, and it is round-up.
Why can’t a community group look after these gardens? Most town residents I talk to are totally against herbicides being used in public spaces.
Later compost and mulch were applied and I asked the young woman who was spreading the mulch with her gloved hand, whether she was aware the soil had been sprayed with a herbicide. She said she wasn’t aware and we asked her supervisor.
From the East London garden group.
We the undersigned petition the council to ban the use of Glyphosate/Roundup within parks and gardens of Tower Hamlets. Glyphosate/Roundup is being banned in many countries around the world. France being the last country to ban this toxic herbicide, Glyphosate/Roundup being a known cancer inducing agent.
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most heavily used agricultural chemical of all time. It’s a mind-boggling amount of usage for one agricultural chemical, and it was only a matter of time before the wide-reaching environmental and public health implications became apparent.
Monsanto advertised Roundup as “biodegradable” and “environmentally friendly,” even going so far as to claim it “left the soil clean” — until they were found guilty of false advertising. Now It’s showing up in people, at alarming levels, with unknown effects on human health.
Researchers tested urine levels of glyphosate and its metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA) among 100 people living in Southern California over a period of 23 years — from 1993 to 2016. The prevalence of human exposure to glyphosate increased by 500 percent during the study period while actual levels of the chemical, in ug/ml, increased by a shocking 1,208 percent.
It’s unknown what this means for human health but, in 2017, separate research revealed that daily exposure to ultra-low levels of glyphosate for two years led to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in rats. Researchers stated that the glyphosate levels revealed by their JAMA study were 100-fold greater than those detected in the rat study.
More information on its affect on health can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEjpkx3KBAc
GM campaigners have stated:
“This is the first study to longitudinally track urine levels of glyphosate over a period before and after the introduction of GM glyphosate-tolerant crops. It is yet another example illustrating that the vast majority of present-day Americans have readily detectable levels of glyphosate in their urine, ranging from 0.3 parts per billion, as in this study, to ten times higher – 3 or more parts per billion – detected by others.
These results are worrying because there is increasing evidence to show that exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides below regulatory safety limits can be harmful.”
Concerns over glyphosate’s toxicity have been mounting since the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) 2015 determination that glyphosate is a “probable carcinogen.” As of July 2017, California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment also listed glyphosate as a chemical known to cause cancer.
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