Chesapeake PSR

No to glyphosates in our parks

Toxics and HealthTimothy WhitehouseComment

Growing research suggests that glyphosate causes a form of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In 2015, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer found glyphosate to be a “probable” cause of cancer in humans. California’s state environmental protection agency has also declared it a probable carcinogen.

That is why we urge Montgomery County residents to support a petition by Montgomery County Council member Tom Hucker that asks Montgomery Parks to stop using glyphosate products in our park systems. You can read his petition and his letter to the parks director here.

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, levels of glyphosate in the bodies of people in some areas appear to have jumped over 1,300% in the past 20 years. Glyphosate also appears to be an important driver of Florida’s toxic algae bloom and of similar blooms across the country. Human exposure to the toxic algae has been linked to neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and ALS, and to the deaths of wildlife and pets.

We do not need to use this chemical in places where our kids play.