Recently whilst at home we noticed that a Council Worker was parading around our neighbourhood spraying weeds. After watching him further he continued to spray along side the outside border of our front garden. Immediately we headed out the front door and approached the worker to inquire to exactly what he was spraying along our garden, our garden may I note which is full of Organic Vegetables and more often than not our young children. He informed us he was administering Monsanto’s Roundup. He knew nothing about the substance and could give us no personal knowledge to its potential dangers, as far as he was concerned it was perfectly safe to spray because the Council had not informed him of any restrictions of use, or potential dangers surrounding the substance. We asked him for the legally required datasheet on the product and about 10 minutes later he popped it through our door.
The datasheet from Monsanto as you can imagine is written by some kind of legal genius as every aspect of the information provided covers them from any potential issues that could arise from the substance.
Firstly as usual at the back of the leaflet the following statement is made:
So basically anything within the data sheet is not necessarily correct and Monsanto take no responsibility for any damages caused by the substance.
Now that aside if you read through the leaflet they do state the following:
So apparently all is fine, People, Pets and wildlife need not be kept out of treated areas. But is it really fine , is there any reason to be worried about this product ? Well read on and decide for yourself
Although the UK classifies Glyphosate as Non-Hazardous many Countries have now banned the use of the substance due to health & environmental dangers incurred through its prolonged usage.
- France have now banned the sale of the product over the counter.
- Sri-Lanka have outright banned all Glyphosate products due to links to Kidney disease.
- The Netherlands have banned Glyphosate products
- Brazil are soon to ban the usage of Glyphosate
- Germany are heading towards a ban on Glyphosate
- and many more Countries have also banned or are planning to ban the substance.
So how is it here in the UK we are spraying it around Childrens play areas, outside people gardens, public pavements and walkways – with no warning signs to inform the public of the recent spraying of Glyphosate in the area?
Glyphosate has been linked to Cancer, Kidney Disease, DNA Damage and a whole host of other illnesses.
The UN agency based its decision on human, animal, and cell studies, says National Cancer Institute scientist emeritus, Aaron Blair who chaired the IARC review committee. The studies found glyphosate in farmworkers’ blood and urine, chromosomal damage in cells, increased risks of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in some people exposed, and tumor formation in some animal studies. 
Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) as corrupt as they are have had to admit “Roundup probably causes Cancer”:
Roundup, the world’s most widely used weedkiller, “probably” causes cancer, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – WHO’s cancer agency – said that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide made by agriculture company Monsanto, was “classified as probably carcinogenic to humans”. 
Another study has found that Glyphosate causes ‘Chronic Kidney Failure’:
The research abstract concludes:
“The current study strongly favors the hypothesis that CKDu epidemic among farmers in dry zone of Sri Lanka is associated with, history of drinking water from a well that was abandoned. In addition, it is associated with spraying glyphosate and other pesticides in paddy fields.”
To summarize the study, Dr. Channa Jayasumana states:
“Drinking well water and occupational exposure to Herbicides is associated with chronic kidney disease, in Padavi-Sripura, Sri Lanka.” 
Even the United States Environmental Agency states that Glyphosate is linked to Chronic Kidney Damage:
Document Source: http://www.epa.gov/safewater/pdfs/factsheets/soc/tech/glyphosa.pdf
So it seems most Countries authorities have concerns to some degree with the product, yet here in the UK they are still freely spraying it around our children’s recreational areas, private property and Gardens with neither notice or consent.
This is not acceptable and we will be holding the Council accountable and also be demanding compensation for damaged crops. We would suggest anyone living in the UK who has seen Council workers spraying the local area and areas in close proximity to your garden to do the same thing.
We will post the Councils response to our complaint here as soon as we receive it. We will also be setting up a campaign to ban the use of Glyphosate products without consent of the local public in the coming months as well as a campaign to the UK Government for a total ban.
Please spread awareness about this and be careful where you let your Children play, you wouldn’t let your children play with the chemicals under your kitchen sink, or with your medicine cabinet so keep them away from all areas which may of been sprayed. (All Council owned parks, pavements, grass verges.. e.t.c)
Update – 24/09/2015: California has just announced it will label Roundup as ‘Cancer Causing‘
Update – 01/11/2015: World Health Organization’s research arm declares glyphosate a probable carcinogen
References: National Geographic ,  The Guardian ,  Global Research