To: Bristol City Council

Stop spraying Monsanto glyphosates on Bristol's streets and parks.

UPDATE: Bristol Council have responded to our concerns and are trialling using non-toxic pesticides for a year instead of Glyphosate!

Stop spraying Monsanto glyphosates on Bristol's streets and parks.

Please ban the spraying of Monsanto's Roundup and other glyphosate herbicides on the streets and parks of Bristol.

Why is this important?

Bristol Council currently uses four glyphosate herbicides including Monsanto's Roundup on our streets and parks. This is despite the fact that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified glyphosate as likely to cause cancer in humans. The WHO finding sits alongside a wealth of existing evidence that raises alarming questions marks over the long term safety of exposure to glyphosate both on its own and in combination with other chemicals found in formulas such as Roundup.

The use of glyphosates has already been banned or restricted in 8 countries. It is not acceptable that ourselves, our children and the animals we share this city with are being routinely exposed to these chemicals whether we like it or not.

If Bristol is to have any credentials as the current European Green Capital, it must exercise the precautionary principle and follow the example of cities such as Chicago, Paris and Rotterdam by banning this spraying in public places.

This is a matter of great importance for those of us who care about each other's health and the health of our children, our cats, our dogs and all the flora and fauna of this city, of course including our beloved bees.

For more information see this article from The Bristol Cable: https://thebristolcable.org/2015/10/bristol-monsanto-and-chemicals/

There are viable safe alternatives to glyphosates. The Netherlands have outright banned glyphosates in public spaces and are using a hot water treatment instead. A hot water and foam method is also available in the UK and Bristol Council is already aware that this can be a more effective alternative than hot water on its own. Glyphosates are the cheapest option but we must send the message loud and clear that value is not just about price and that the health and safety issues around glyphosate render its 'cheap and easy' status irrelevant. Other effective methods may cost more in cash terms but represent far better value to local residents. Using a formula such as Roundup in our public spaces is simply unacceptable no matter how cheap and quick it makes the task of urban weed management.

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Reasons for signing

  • To raise awareness of the issue!!
  • Many people are not even aware that this is happening, it's unsafe and unnecessary.
  • I researched glyphosate weed killer and could not believe its widespread use . I wrote a paper on it which I am willing to share. It is destructive to humans and the environment. If you require a copy of my paper contact me at. robert4skratch@gmail.com

Updates

2017-03-14 01:57:13 +0000
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Petition is successful with 7,319 signatures

2016-08-10 16:25:27 +0100
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Petition is successful with 6,943 signatures

2016-01-10 08:22:47 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2016-01-09 14:16:41 +0000

UPDATE: I just found out that Glastonbury Town Council has already paved the way for Bristol by banning the spraying of glyphosates in public areas in June 2015. They are now looking at implementing the alternative treatment which uses foam and hot water. If Glastonbury can do it, why is Bristol lagging behind? http://www.centralsomersetgazette.co.uk/Glastonbury-takes-look-town-s-weed-problem/story-27651682-detail/story.html

2016-01-08 19:56:01 +0000

There are viable safe alternatives to glyphosates. The Netherlands have outright banned glyphosates and are using a hot water treatment instead. A hot water and foam method is also available in the UK and Bristol Council is already aware that this can be an effective alternative and better than hot water on its own. Glyphosates are the cheapest option but we must send the message loud and clear to the council that value is not just about price and that the health and safety issues around glyphosate render its 'cheap and easy' status irrelevant. Other effective methods may cost more but represent far better value. Using a formula such as Roundup in our public places is simply unacceptable no matter how cheap and quick it makes the task of urban weed management.

2016-01-08 18:27:33 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-12-16 15:03:20 +0000

It is misleading to claim that Roundup is less toxic than salt. This might be true in terms of acute toxicity (it takes less salt to kill a person in one go that it does Roundup) but long-term toxic effects are a different thing. See this article for further background on this including Roundup's track-record in Argentina where spraying has been linked to increased rates of birth defects and child cancer rates. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/roundup-scientists-birth-defects_n_883578.html

2015-12-10 21:39:14 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-12-06 21:04:34 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-12-06 15:41:32 +0000

Let's get this spraying stopped in Briss. If each signer can get at least 10 more people from their network to sign that would be a good start.

2015-12-06 15:12:51 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-12-06 12:01:40 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-12-06 10:22:42 +0000

10 signatures reached