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Calderdale Council - Switch from using Toxic Glyphosate on Our Land to Safe Alternative

Calderdale Council - Switch from using Toxic Glyphosate on Our Land to Safe Alternative

End the use of glyphosate-based herbicides in Calderdale's publicly owned spaces and use a safe alternative such as Foamstream

Why is this important?

Glyphosate-based herbicides such as Round Up and Touch down pose a real risk to the public, our environment and horticultural workers.

Calderdale’s Wildflower areas have all been treated with glyphosate to prepare for new seeds. This is irresponsible towards our people and insects.

Roundup kills beneficial insects, it has been proven to cause mortality of live beneficial species including bees, thrichgramma, predatory mites, lacewings, ladybugs, and predatory beetles.

Glyphosate in soil takes 140 days to break down to half its toxicity and will continue to be taken up by plants from the soil for 2 years and longer. It’s toxic to earthworms and inhibits mycorrhizal fungi. Mycorrhizal fungi are essential for tree health, collecting nutrients and water to feed their host plant and protecting tree roots from harmful fungi and root rot diseases.

Research on Cancer (IARC) concluded that it was “probably carcinogenic”. Recently a break through court case against Monsanto was won by a man who developed cancer after using Roundup. He was awarded $289 million in damages.

We know that in Hebden Bridge, Calderdale Council have sprayed Glyphosate each year on the following sites:

Calder Holmes Park - wildflowers lawn
Stubbings wharf – Heptonstall Turning circle wildflowers microsite
Oldgate – wildflowers lawns

In 2016 Calderdale Council announced a plan to reduce the use of glyphosate by 15% year, however figures show that in 2017 the amount used increased. Other councils now use the eco-friendly alternatives such as non-toxic Foamstream.

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Reasons for signing

  • It’s time we all took responsibility to act against the use of these innocuous, yet deadly, chemicals in fuels, garden, open spaces and in our food supply.
  • Horrible chemical which kills insects, fungi and is toxic to humans. There are safe and cheap alternatives.
  • To protect the health of the Council employees, in addition to the environmental reasons.

Updates

2019-04-21 10:45:00 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-04-18 17:23:17 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-04-18 14:11:10 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-04-18 13:27:02 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-04-18 13:01:36 +0100

10 signatures reached