Your Fate With Glyphosate

Al Fresco

Picnic In The Park

It’s summertime. For many, this means getting friends and family together for a BBQ or enjoying a picnic in the local park. At your local park or green space, the grass looks fresh and lush, the flowers are in full bloom and sunbathers are enjoying the good weather. Making contact with nature by walking barefoot on the cool fresh grass seems innocent enough, but did you know some UK boroughs and cities regularly spray parks and other public spaces with industrial toxic chemicals (pesticide/herbicides) to keep that green lawn ‘looking perfect’.

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Glyphosate, which is currently a key agent used in weed spraying programmes, is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of the World Health Organisation (WHO), as “probably carcinogenic to humans” and children are particularly vulnerable to its detrimental effects.

Do Councils Know Something We Don’t?
Ever noticed how some cricket lawns and playing fields are kept  so luscious and weed free, particularly during in the height of summer, whilst observing other areas covered in dead grass? It seems many councils favour either using chemicals to tend to public areas or do nothing. But are there other safer and successful options councils could adopt?

Less toxic methods of managing weeds in public spaces are used in Brighton, Edinburgh and Paris. These three places have demonstrated the success of less toxic methods for some time now. The City of London Corporation thought it right to stop spraying pesticides and herbicides on popular Hampstead Heath and the London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham went pesticide-free in 2016.

Has Hackney Stopped Using Glyphosate In Its Public Spaces?

Think again if you intend to go to your local park to sunbathe or let your children run barefoot on the grass, because your council may very well be spraying pesticides in YOUR local parks, schools, streets and public spaces. Do you think councils concerned with your good health and safety or more preoccupied with something else?

Dangerous pesticides in our towns, schools and parks

What Can I Do?
It may come as a shock that such dangerous chemicals can be found in our food and in our environment, but there are ways you can help lessen your contact and protect yourself. For more information on adaptable solutions to this problem, join Harvest & Filter today and check out the Extra Observations section in our members area.

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