Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue is to bring a motion before the monthly meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council calling on the Council to cease from using the weed killer Glyphosate and request that all subcontractors employed by council also cease the use of Glyfos and all products containing Glyphosate in this Council district, in favour of a more environmentally friendly product.
She brought the motion forward following concerns being raised by the Pink Ladies Cancer support group in Derry
She said “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 MEP has consistently called for more transparency in the process of the approving of chemicals.
“The controversy is ongoing worldwide with a ECHA report published in March 2017 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 That ECHA study has also been criticised as it uses unpublished scientific evidence provided by industry.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 wrong that anyone 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 hope that I get the backing for my motion at the monthly meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council.