Glyphosate, is the active ingredient in commonly used herbicides in most European countries and the US. and is promoted as a relatively safe, non-toxic chemical.
It may however be implicated in a range of health issues and was described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015 as ‘probably carcinogenic’.
Some countries want to limit the use of glyphosate, and since 2012 the EU has been considering the future licensing, it is recommending restrictions on the use of glyphosate in public parks, playgrounds and gardens.
Like many councils Havant sprays glyphosate mixed with other chemicals in public places twice a year.
We, the undersigned, call on Havant Borough Council to end the spraying of glyphosate based products in all public areas, and request that the council would consider trialling a non chemical based solution at the earliest opportunity.
This petition asks the council to debate the issue in council and consider joining other authorities in developing non-toxic alternatives.
To have this petition debated by Havant Borough Council we need at least 1500 signatures. If you agree and live in the Havant Borough area please add your name to our petition.
Only Havant Borough residents need only apply
Markwells Wood, Forestside near Rowlands Castle
Published in the Portsmouth News on the 22nd September 2016
Story by Danny Randon
GREEN campaigners have criticised an application to drill for oil in the South Downs National Park.
United Kingdom Oil and Gas Investments PLC (UKOG) has applied to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) for 20 years of oil extraction at Markwells Wood, Forestside near Rowlands Castle.
Although UKOG state the well will not be fracked it has asked for permission to drill horizontal wells, stimulation of the wells by acidisation, and to drill a well to reinject waste water. Friends of the Earth is concerned that horizontal wells require extraction techniques that can have risks for the environment due to the processes, chemicals and pressure used.
Brenda Pollack, Friends of the Earth’s south east regional campaigner, believes that national parks should not be subject to such an extensive period of drilling.
She said: ‘We believe that oil drilling should simply not be allowed in one of our most precious landscapes.
‘The processes they want to carry out have risks for our environment. We have serious concerns about the techniques needed to get the oil out of horizontal wells and reinjecting the waste water back underground is worrying.
‘Our national parks should be protected for people to enjoy.’
Continue reading Environmentalists’ outrage at proposal for South Downs oil drill
Species that feed most on the bright yellow flowers of the crop treated with controversial neonicotinoids have fallen by as much as 30%
Oilseed rape crops must be intensively managed for farmers to attain high yields, and this means high use of pesticides. Photograph: Chris Strickland/Alamy Stock Photo
Published on The Guardian website on the 16th August 2016
Pesticides used on oilseed rape crops, whose bright yellow flowers have become an increasingly common sight across the British countryside, are harming native populations of wild bees, scientists have conclusively proved.
Species that feed most on the flowers of the now-profitable cash crop used for vegetable oils and animal fodder are down by as much as 30%, according to the wide-ranging study published in the journal Nature.
Continue reading High pesticide levels on oilseed rape crops harm wild bees, scientists prove