Spray­ing poi­sons is an ab­surd prac­tice

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Westernopinion -

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

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

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.

The only way to pro­tect your fam­ily is to en­sure that you are on your coun­cil’s no-spray register and de­mand that it ad­ver­tises ex­actly when parks have been sprayed. Jane Brem­mer,

Bassendean.

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