This morning in Sydney: Signs alerting the public that Round Up pesticide application was in progress. This announced yesterday: Sri Lanka’s New President Puts Immediate Ban on Glyphosate Herbicides.
Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena announced Friday that the import of the World’s most used herbicide glyphosate will be banned with immediate effect. The release of already imported stocks has also been stopped.
Sirisena, a farmer and ex Health Minister, stated that glyphosate is responsible for the increasing number of chronic kidney disease (CKDu) patients in Sri Lanka and added that the move would protect the Sri Lankan farming community.
And this was reported on Govtslaves: EU dropped plans for safer pesticides because of TTIP and pressure from US
EU plans to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals found in pesticides have been dropped because of threats from the US that this would adversely affect negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to a report in The Guardian. …Minutes of the meeting on June 26 show Commission officials saying that “although they want the TTIP to be successful, they would not like to be seen as lowering the EU standards.” Nonetheless, the European Commission capitulated shortly afterwards.
The dangers are well known. (E.g. Article on Autism and Other Chronic Disease, and Scientific Americans’s article on Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells.)
Will Minister Andrew Robb inform Australians whether the use of pesticides, such as Round Up, is to be allowed under the terms of the secret Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal?