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To: The Rangitikei District Mayor Andy Watson, and CEO Ross McNeill
BAN THE USE OF CARCINOGENIC CHEMICAL IN RANGITIKEI'S URBAN PUBLIC PLACES - NOW
We are calling on the Rangitikei District Mayor Andy Watson, and CEO Ross McNeill, to protect the public's health by banning the use of glyphosate within the Rangitikei town limits. Recently glyphosate was classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Class 2A carcinogen, meaning, it probably causes cancer. We want to see the Community housing grounds and parking areas, street verges, berms and roadsides, public parks and walkways designated Glyphosate free zones.
Why is this important?
Recently glyphosate was classified by the World Health Organization
(WHO) as a Class 2A carcinogen, meaning, it probably causes cancer.
(1) Glyphosate is the world's most commonly sprayed weedkiller
and is the active ingredient in RoundUp (2) It is a product most
Council contractors use in keeping both urban and rural public areas weed
free. With cancer the leading cause of death in New Zealand, accounting for 29.4% of all deaths (3), it is important we protect the public, particularly children, from exposure to this chemical. The damning conclusion by the world's leading health experts means that the Council needs to take responsibility for protecting our health and making our beautiful district healthy and safe for all by completely stopping the use of glyphosate. The public spraying of this carcinogenic chemical is a violation of our human rights.
We have already requested the Rangitikei District Council consider
a chemical free alternative, however they've declined, based on their
own report that failed to look at the proven cost effectiveness of
hot water and foam treatment which is almost equal in cost to chemical
In 2009 French Professor Séralini's two year study on glyphosate
found it produced large cancerous tumours in rats (4). Because its
effects are cumulative and not immediate (that is they only show up
over a long period of time) people generally think it is safe.
Dr. Don Huber, an award-winning, international scientist, microbiologist
and professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University (US) who
has 55+ years experience in research and expertise in the area of
plant pathology, says that contrary to the common claim of safety,
a large volume of peer-reviewed scientific information clearly
demonstrates that Roundup herbicide is chronically toxic to human and
animal tissues and leads to cancer, premature death, kidney and liver
failure, blood disorders and a host of other diseases (5). Dr Huber considers glyphosate is worse than DDT (6), and that there's also a correlation between glyphosate use & bee die off (7).
Our environment has long been subject to frequent spraying of this
toxic chemical. In 2009 France's highest Court ruled that Roundup
(active ingredient glyphosate) is not biodegradable nor does it "keep
the soil clean" as Monsanto had previously advertised. (8) It has
now also been found present in human blood, urine and breast milk. (7)
Help us make public areas in our Rangitikei towns both glyphosate
and chemical free now.