Are there hidden pesticide dangers?
IN April we have again seen local pavements being sprayed with a pesticide.
The authorities told me the name of the blue weed-killer which Hillingdon council sprays locally. It is a glyphospate.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is part of the World Health Organisation, has identified this chemical as a ‘probable carcinogen’ (cancercauser.)
I don’t think it should be sprayed when people are walking past within a few feet of the sprayers.
I’m also concerned about the health of the men doing the spraying, as they weren’t wearing masks or protective suits. The council are this time using men sitting on motorised pavement buggies to do the spraying.
In our road, this was sprayed along the middle of the pavement and completely missed its target of any greenery by the side of the pavement.
It’s easy to see where its been sprayed as it leaves a blue trail. In the past, we were assured that many things were safe, which turned out not to be.
For instance, until the 1990s a significant number of people developed leukaemia after the timbers inside their house were treated with a cancer-causing pesticide (Lindane) and asbestos was once said to be safe.
This chemical is now severely restricted in developed countries, yet there were assurances that it was safe.
At the very least, information should be given out on when and where the weed-killer spraying of pavements will take place, so that people can take avoiding action if they are concerned.
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