‘Roundup’ weed killer linked to cancer

A chemical linked to cancer by the World Health Organization (WHO) is being used by councils across Australia to kill weeds in playgrounds. The herbicide ‘glyphosate’, known as ‘Roundup’, had its status upgraded from ‘possibly’ to ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ in March last year by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an arm of WHO.

The ubiquitous pesticide is frequently used by households, farms and local councils to control grasses and weeds. Concerned residents across Australia have petitioned their local councils to ban the ‘carcinogenic’ herbicide. Local councils are able to use the chemical around sensitive areas like schools, parks, and playgrounds and are not obliged to inform the public.

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The lawsuits allege that Monsanto led a “prolonged campaign of misinformation” to convince the public, agricultural workers and government agencies that Roundup was safe even though the main ingredient in the herbicide has been labeled “probably carcinogenic.” To know more about the lawsuits, you can head to

‘It is recommended that councils take a cautious approach and investigate their use of glyphosate and other hazardous chemicals used for weed control,’ State Cover told local NSW councils in a fact sheet. the Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) and the Federal Department of Health are now looking into the risks of glyphosate to humans, with an investigation to be finalized.

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