To: Wellington City Council

Halt All Use of Glyphosate (HAUG) in Wellington

Halt All Use of Glyphosate (HAUG) in Wellington

We ask Wellington Mayor C Wade-Brown, & WCC Chief Operations Officer G Orchard with immediate effect to desist from use of toxic herbicides containing glyphosate. Glyphosate is the world's top selling herbicide, & the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup which is used with more than 80% of all genetically modified (GM) crops grown globally. For ten years, evidence of glyphosate's extreme toxicity has been emerging. The cautious World Health Organisation (WHO) now classifies it 'probable human carcinogen' in Class 2A. Yet while proven in substantive researches to be devastating to health & to ecology WCC contractors continue to spray glyphosate formulations, chiefly Roundup, all over our streets & footpaths, walkways & parks — & do so up to seven times a year. It's been going on for over a decade. We ask that this use of glyphosate comes to a halt. Now.

Why is this important?

While Roundup formulator Monsanto knew of glyphosate's carcinogenicity ten years ago over this time independent researches have been emerging to warn how extremely toxic glyphosate is to life itself.

Established now is glyphosate used in formulations like Roundup is directly linked to birth defects, spontaneous abortions, nervous system damage, Alzheimers, Parkinson’s, to some cancers e.g. Hodgkin's lymphoma, multiple myeloma & kidney failure (Sri Lanka cited the latter as its reason for banning it).

A recent French study from Caen University confirmed glyphosate's and Roundup formulations lethality to human cells at minute concentrations (down to parts per million, ppm), identifying cell membrane damage, energy metabolism poisoning in the mitochondria & programmed cell death involving fragmentation of nuclear DNA. The team also found that “it is now well demonstrated that mixtures formulated with G [glyphosate] and adjuvants are themselves not environmentally safe, in particular for aquatic life. They can even enhance heavy metals toxicity.”

Glyphosate is also highly lethal to amphibians. Glyphosate-based herbicides are now major pollutants of rivers and surface waters. Equally disturbing is the fact that it has been found in a very high percentage of air and rainfall test samples.

And the Honey Bee? Glyphosate can disrupt learning behaviours by impairing memory which long-term leads to severe impairment of colony performance.

Glyphosate is the world's top selling herbicide, and Monsanto's formulations Roundup is used with more than 80% of all genetically modified (GM) crops grown globally.

A study published in Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology has proven that animals and humans who consume GMO foods – those that are loaded with glyphosate chemicals – have extremely high levels of glyphosate in their urine.

Studies have shown RoundUp herbicide is over 100% times more toxic than regulators claim. Our Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) follows these findings yet regulators only test glyphosate on its own account, not as it is formulated. For example, a new study published in Biomedical Research International shows Roundup formulations are 125 times more toxic than its active ingredient glyphosate.

France, like the Netherlands, Russia, Mexico & a fast growing number of countries & cities have banned the sale and use of glyphosate-based herbicides for non-commercial use.

This is a definitely a step in the right direction. New Zealand, with its renown for a past of world-leading enlightened legislation, & Wellington its 'Green' capital — must act decisively to ban the use of glyphosate, now.


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Reasons for signing

  • We don't need these poisons to be sprayed around in our "clean-green" NZ.
  • to save NZ wildlife for my nephews and nieces to enjoy
  • The use of Roundup had been made illegal in Holland. The reason is toxicity. Why is its use legal here?


2015-12-03 10:10:45 +1300

100 signatures reached

2015-12-01 06:33:34 +1300

50 signatures reached

2015-11-30 18:14:14 +1300

25 signatures reached

2015-11-30 13:02:00 +1300

10 signatures reached