At the recent Planning, Environment, Climate and Biodiversity Action, Energy and Agriculture Strategic Policy Committee Cllr Adrienne Wallace proposed banning the weed-killer Glyphosate as concern grows over its health and environmental effects.
She cited studies from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the World Health Organisation which has classed glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic”. Cllr Wallace added “The research and classification from the IARC and WHO are worrying, this alongside the number of successful lawsuits where individuals sued companies for their use of glyphosate citing that it led to various health issues, really says that it is better to be safe than sorry on this. Although other bodies differ in their classifications, including the European Food Safety Authority, many countries have still placed restrictions or bans on Glyphosate use. Including South County Dublin Council. We have to think of the workers who are exposed to this, sometimes for years, and although PPE is provided, we don’t know if there will be any long-term effects so why take the gamble? I think all councils should follow suit and look at their own use of this weed-killer.”
Cllr Wallace added “Fears are also growing about the toxic effect glyphosate has on micro and macro-organisms and the potential indirect effects on soil composition and plants. I suggested that Carlow Council introduce alternatives like Foam Spray, Concentrated Vinegar and Steam to remove weeds to stop any possible run off of glyphosate to protect citizens and the environment”. Carlow Council have signed up the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan and are waiting on the publication of this plan before signing off on any changes.