WITH warmer days and the promotion of healthy outdoor play for our children, parents are keen to head outdoors with their little ones as much as possible after a long, cold winter.
But if you go out in the woods today you certainly are in for a big surprise.
Our local governments have announced their public place pesticide spraying regimes will continue from September through to November.
While our local governments pour Glyphosate all over our playgrounds, parks, footpaths, verges and roads, the World Health Organisation and International Agency for Research on Cancer have recently classified this pesticide a Class 2A probable carcinogen.
Denmark and California have gone further, labelling the pesticide a known carcinogen and restricting its use and sale, something most countries have already done or are now doing.
Our children’s health is at risk. Most residents won’t even be aware they have been exposed to a pesticide while signs are removed within minutes of spraying and children allowed to play on freshly sprayed grass.
The absurd practice of spraying hard surfaces with poisons must end. It is poisoning our environment, our health and wasting our ratepayers’ dollars on an ineffective and harmful method to control weeds.
Indeed local governments need to look at their own parks and gardens management practices to see that they themselves are spreading weed seeds.
It is a perverse irony then to justify this environmental damage by using poisons to hide their own poor environmental practice. The only way to protect your family is to ensure that you are on your council’s no-spray register and demand that your local government advertises exactly when parks have been sprayed.
JANE BREMMER, Bassendean.