There has been much concern by parents in the borough of Bury. A large gathering of parents rallied together in St Mary’s Park in Prestwich to protest against the use of the harmful pesticides in parks and playgrounds.

BURY Council has called an immediate halt to the use of a chemical weed killer, Glyphosate which is still being used in children’s play areas, which has been linked to cancer.

The severity of the situation has prompted an instant ban of the pesticide, the council will deliberate in an in-depth Glyphosate council meeting next month.

Although Glyphosate is properly licensed and is used across the country by the farming industry and many others; it is also readily available in shops used by residents in their own gardens. It is also globally known as Round up. A jury in the USA this week ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay more than $2 billion to a couple claiming the company’s popular weed killer, Roundup, caused their cancers.

There is debate about its safety.

In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency, concluded that glyphosate was “probably carcinogenic to humans”. However, several other international agencies continue to declare it as safe, and many scientific studies have found no association with cancer. However, the wider opinion is now changing as more independent reports are being made, including a report recently released in the USA that says Glyphosate is probably the reason for a massive spike in the number of children born with autism.

Check out Robert F Kennedy’s video on Glyphosate, and states some well known facts that industry may have been aware of its dangers decades ago when his grandfather was President of the USA.

Europe banned the use of Glyphosate a decade ago, in fact the British government are hoping to phase out Glyphosate in 2025.Despite the conflicting evidence, Roundup has already been banned by some local authorities across the country, with Bury now following suit.

Councilor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said: “We are aware of the recent concerns expressed over the use of glyphosate to control weeds, including a campaign and petition from a group of Bury residents.

We take all matters relating to public health seriously, and feel it is correct to stop using glyphosate herbicide in children’s play areas pending a wider examination of the issue.

“This review will also give us the opportunity to look at what viable alternatives there are and which would best protect our bio-diversity and ecology.

I have had a positive discussion with local campaign representatives and will be meeting them next week to discuss how we can develop a community response to the use of glyphosate in Bury.”

Alternative non-chemical treatments are available.

Japanese Knotweed Agency is the first and currently only entity that offers a non-chemical Thermo-Electrical treatment against Japanese Knotweed. Delivering up to 5000 volts directly to the weed stalks and crowns, sends a massive destructive shock throughout the weed effectively boiling it in situ and it should decompose and leave no trace. It may take several treatments as would chemical treatment, but with thermo-electrical treatment, the ground is left 100% safe and chemical free. Treatment does not affect the ground or land or other foliage next to the treated weed.

Japanese Knotweed Agency will now offer this service across England and Wales throughout 2023 and beyond.

Treatment of weeds such as Japanese Knotweed can now be done safely, and without the use of Glyphosates, protecting our environments and the health of children and adults and wildlife, and is a massive step forwards that has been needed for decades in line with Europe.


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