Glyphosate-based herbicides are the most widely used herbicides in agriculture. But did you know that many local councils also use glyphosate to control ‘weeds’ in urban settings? Newcastle City Council is one of them.
Glyphosate has been shown to harm human health and the natural environment.
Research shows that glyphosate is a probable carcinogenic and disrupts hormones. It has been shown to harm bees and other insects, as well as aquatic life, including amphibians. It reduces soils fertility, by disrupting important microorganisms in the soil.
Glyphosate is bad news. But the good news is that more people are waking up to the harm that pesticides are causing to people and the planet.
Pesticide Action Network UK has some useful information on glyphosate and other pesticides, which can be found here.
Many local authorities are now banning or phasing out glyphosate, owing to the harm it causes to humans and the environment.
Newcastle City Council still uses glyphosate-based herbicides widely across the city, but most people do not even know they are being exposed to this harmful chemical.
Save Newcastle Wildlife is encouraging people to write to their councillors to ask them to raise the issue of pesticide use at the next City Council meeting and to ask for a ban on glyphosate in Newcastle.
We have put together a template letter, which can be sent to local councillors. Contact details for local councillors can be found here.
Dear Cllr XXXX,
I am concerned that Newcastle City Council is using glyphosate herbicides in public places across Newcastle.
Many local authorities have banned or are phasing out this harmful chemical in favour of more environmentally sustainable methods of weed control.
Glyphosate is known to harm human health and wildlife and should not be used in public spaces.
Furthermore, many weeds are valuable for wildlife and we would like to see greater appreciation of them in Newcastle to support biodiversity.
I would therefore like you to raise the issue of pesticide use at the next City Council meeting with a view to establishing a working group to eliminate the use of harmful pesticides in Newcastle.