SPRAY DAN­GERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

WITH warmer days and the pro­mo­tion of healthy out­door play for our chil­dren, par­ents are keen to head out­doors with their lit­tle ones as much as pos­si­ble af­ter a long, cold win­ter.

But if you go out in the woods to­day you cer­tainly are in for a big sur­prise.

Our lo­cal gov­ern­ments have an­nounced their public place pes­ti­cide spray­ing regimes will con­tinue from Septem­ber through to Novem­ber.

While our lo­cal gov­ern­ments pour Glyphosate all over our play­grounds, parks, foot­paths, verges and roads, the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and In­ter­na­tional Agency for Re­search on Can­cer have re­cently clas­si­fied this pes­ti­cide a Class 2A prob­a­ble car­cino­gen.

Den­mark and the Cal­i­for­nian have gone fur­ther la­belling the pes­ti­cide a known car­cino­gen and re­strict­ing its use and sale, some­thing most coun­tries have al­ready done or are now do­ing.

Our chil­dren’s health is at risk. Most res­i­dents won’t even be aware they have been ex­posed to a pes­ti­cide while signs are re­moved within min­utes of spray­ing and chil­dren al­lowed to play on freshly sprayed grass.

The ab­surd prac­tice of spray­ing hard sur­faces with poi­sons must end. It is poi­son­ing our en­vi­ron­ment, our health and wast­ing our ratepay­ers’ dol­lars on an in­ef­fec­tive and harm­ful method to con­trol weeds.

In­deed lo­cal gov­ern­ments need to look at their own parks and gar­dens man­age­ment prac­tices to see that they them­selves are spread­ing weed seeds.

It is a per­verse irony then to jus­tify this en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age by us­ing poi­sons to hide their own poor en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tice. The only way to pro­tect your fam­ily is to en­sure that you are on your coun­cil’s no-spray register and de­mand that your lo­cal gov­ern­ment ad­ver­tises ex­actly when parks have been sprayed. JANE BREM­MER, Bassendean.

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