Glyphosate 'ignorance' petition gains support

A 38 Degrees petition 'Stand up for UK agriculture and save glyphosate from being banned by false knowledge and ignorance' is nearing its 2,000 signature target.

The owner of the petition, Lincolnshire-based agronomist Sean Sparling, said: "Sign this petition to help stop the removal of glyphosate as a result of anti-farming groups spreading false science and misinformation to the wider non-farming public."

He said: "Without glyphosate to control otherwise uncontrollable weeds before the crop is even put into the ground, whole areas of the east of England will become over run by weeds we have no other way of controlling - weeds like Blackgrass, a resistant and hugely competitive weed species that is unaffected by pests, diseases and almost all other herbicides, which chokes and suppresses any crop it grows in. 

"Glyphosate has been overwhelmingly scientifically proven to be totally and unequivocally safe to us as consumers and indeed the local environment - for us over a lifetime. These are detailed, long term, unbiased and totally independent studies carried out by the worlds most respected scientific bodies."

He added: "Glyphosate is hundreds of times safer than till receipts, shampoo, toothpaste, non-stick pans, bleach, aspirin, paracetamol, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, sunlight, toothpaste, coffee, exhaust fumes, kidney beans, mushrooms, peanuts, burnt toast, obesity, salmonella, botulism, E coli, table salt and natural poisons like patulins in mouldy apples, lectins in kidney beans, glycoalkaloids in green potatoes, mycotoxins in untreated grain, ergot, as well as the dozens of poisonous native plants and wildflowers, berries, mildews and moulds that fill our homes and our everyday lives...the list is almost endless."

Glyphosate is under scrutiny at EU level as a possible carcinogen.

A stop glyphosate petition is also online.

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