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​Council launches full review of glyphosate herbicides

Press release   •   Jul 01, 2019 11:12 BST

An in-depth report into the use of glyphosate herbicides is being drawn up by Bury Council.

The authority called a halt last month on using glyphosate to control weeds in children’s play areas due to public concerns around the safety of the chemical.

Now the council’s ruling cabinet, at its meeting on Wed 25 July, has agreed to commission a full review into the matter.

Glyphosate is properly licensed and is used widely across the country by the farming industry and many others; it is also readily available in local shops and used by residents in their own gardens. Regardless, there is debate about its safety.

Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of the council, said: “The use of glyphosates has caused concern among Bury residents, and we feel it is only right to take a comprehensive look at its use.

“This review will also give us the opportunity to look at what viable alternatives there are.”

The review will also promote the council’s ambitions to improve the local environment and biodiversity, in addition to considering health issues.

ENDS

Press release issued: 1 July 2019.