Toxic Agricultural Chemicals
Glyphosate has been proven to be harmful to people, yet Monsanto have happily sold their ‘RoundUp’ poison for decades, telling their customers that it is ‘safe’.
Last year, WHO, World Health Organization, made an announcement that glyphosate ‘probably’ causes cancer. Many governments over the world are in the process of banning herbicides which contain glyphosate, such as we call RoundUp in New Zealand.
Last Monday, 15th May, 2017, I saw a man spraying what was obviously weedkiller around our council-owned apartments in Dunedin. I asked him what the poison was which he was using –
‘Is it RoundUp?’, I asked.
‘No’, he said.
‘But does it contain glyphosate?’, I asked.
‘Yes’, he said.
He went on to tell me that ‘RoundUp’ has a name-change, and is now called G360. He said ‘They have also changed the colour of the spray, so people think it is something new to RoundUp.’
I told him he should not be using the stuff, that it is very toxic, and is not harmless, as its manufacturers like to claim. ‘You should at least be wearing protective clothing, and a mask too,’ I said.
He told me that he had asked for protective clothing, as he is unhappy about using the spray. But his company, which is contracted by the council, has said that they do not want their workers wearing protective clothing around the town when they are spraying, because ‘people will get freaked out’ to see the masks and protective gear.
If people see that workers who are spraying do not wear any protective gear, then they will trust that the spray being used is not harmful.
How evil is that, to knowingly threaten the health of your employees by allowing them to spray toxic poison with no protection. This is how the lie about the safety of such poisons as glyphosate, as in RoundUp, is perpetuated.
It makes no sense to be using toxic chemicals around our city and country environments. They are a hazard to people’s health, and to dogs, cats, birds and bees which may walk in, or come in contact with the sprayed areas. Naturally, manually, hoeing and pulling weeds is the best way to go. Or using hot water if necessary.
Many people in New Zealand are without work, forced to go into fearsome dole offices, where they are often treated like the bane of society, to ask for hand-outs. It is about time weedkillers were outlawed, for the health and safety of the community, and for people to be rightfully given back the jobs of manually maintaining gardens and roadside verges.