Petition launched against ‘probably carcinogenic’ pesticide being used in the town…
Hastings Green Party has launched a petition calling on East Sussex County Council (ESCC) to stop spraying verges, pavements and other areas in Hastings with glyphosate weedkiller.
In recent days, mini tractors have been seen spraying glyphosate in various areas of the town. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer – part of the World Health Organisation – concluded that glyphosate is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’. In addition, says the Hastings Green Party, by killing weeds and flowers which are an important source of food for insects, it indirectly affects biodiversity through changes to ecosystems and food sources.
…potential danger to humans and animals, as well as having a major impact on insects.
Forty councils in the UK, including Lewes District Council, have banned the use of glyphosate and the local Green Party’s petition also calls on Hastings Borough Council to demand that ESCC stop spraying the pesticide in the town.
In addition, the petition asks both councils to make a commitment to the ‘No Mow May’ campaign run by conservation charity Plantlife, whereby some stretches of grass are left unmown in order to allow a wider range of plants to flower, providing food for a larger variety of insects. If roadside verges were left unmown until late July this would greatly increase biodiversity along the road network say the Greens.
Julia Hilton, spokesperson for Hastings Green Party, said: “The use of glyphosate in Hastings simply cannot be justified. It is a potential danger to humans and animals, as well as having a major impact on insects. At a time when we are facing massive loss of biodiversity, councils should be doing everything they can to encourage insects on the land they care for. Many Hastings residents have been in touch about this and want to see an immediate ban on the use of this dangerous pesticide.”
Hastings residents can sign the petition at tinyurl.com/glyphosatepetition.