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South Dublin County Council to ban use of Glyphosate in public areas

3 May, 2017 - by Enda Fanning

A motion proposed by Sinn Féin Councillor Enda Fanning calling for a ban on the use of Glyphosate in public areas has been passed unanimously by South Dublin County Council this afternoon.

Glyphosate is an herbicide and is applied to food and non-food crops used by home-owners, councils, businesses and farmers to keep lawns, gardens, crops and public spaces free from weeds.

Speaking after today’s council meeting, Cllr. Fanning said:

“I am delighted that the council has passed my motion unanimously. Glyphosate is the subject of much controversy across the world since a report by the International Agency for Research against Cancer (IARC) in 2015 concluded that glyphosate was probably carcinogenic to humans.  That report was followed by a controversial and hugely criticised report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which concluded that Glyphosate was “unlikely” to cause cancer.

“The European Parliament rejected this conclusion and demanded a review by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and requested EFSA release all scientific sources that led to its conclusion. Indeed my colleague Lynn Boylan has consistently called for more transparency in the process of the approving of chemicals in her role as Dublin MEP.

“The controversy is ongoing worldwide with the recent ECHA report published in March concluding that the available scientific evidence ‘did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen’. That ECHA study has also been criticised as it uses unpublished scientific evidence provided by industry. Conflicts of interest have also arisen as some of its members have undertaken consultancy work for the chemicals industry.

“In such controversial situations the precautionary principle must apply. It seems ludicrous that any Council would permit the use of Glyphosate in any public area but particularly near playgrounds where every visiting child’s health would be put at risk.

 “I am delighted that my fellow councillors have agreed with me and have today banned the use of Glyphosate in public areas.”        

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