Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2019. 5:46 pm CST.
Letter to Editor and All Stakeholders:
Please let your readers know that the Pesticides Control Board (PCB) recently classified glyphosate formulations as Restricted-Use on the basis of Criteria 9.
Additionally, the use of glyphosate as a ripener in sugarcane, and for weed control in public areas is expressly disallowed. Enforcement of these restrictions shall ensue following a formal process for communicating these actions to stakeholders, in concert with the identification of suitable alternatives.
Four years ago, petitioners from civil society and eight NGOs petitioned the PCB to not re-register glyphosate formulas based on the published, peer-reviewed studies indicating the many adverse effects of glyphosate on human and animal health, our watersheds and wilderness areas.
We are pleased that PCB has acted to protect our potable water supplies by the ban of RoundUp and all glyphosate formulations in public places. The restriction on preharvest ripening (desiccation) of sugar cane follows the actions of SriLanka and El Salvador who years back determined that glyphosate was the root cause of chronic kidney disease afflicting cane workers in those countries.
I, as one of the original petitioners to PCB, have again enjoined the Board of Directors to continue their work by extending the ban of preharvest desiccation of sugar cane to also include beans and wheat.
As beans and bread (wheat) are two staples of Belize’s diet consumed daily by all persons in Belize, such prohibition of glyphosate preharvest desiccant would remove a large percentage of glyphosate/glyphosate residues that daily enter the bodies of our people when they consume beans and bread. Ecowatch states that 50% of the dietary intake of glyphosate comes through wheat products alone…bread, tortillas, ramen, crackers, noodles, cakes, cookies. Who among us does not eat these items EVERY day of our lives? We can change this dynamic with a simple shift in the quality of flour used in all of these products. We cannot continue to slowly kill our children by the very “bread of life” that is a staple in the diet.
As many of you may have noted in the international news the recent court rulings in the USA against Monsanto and Bayer, the judgments of which are now mounting into the billions of dollars, with over 14,000 cases pending trial. The lethal effects of glyphosate have now been LEGALLY established; it is no longer just the opinion of independent researchers.
I strongly urge all Belizeans to stop using RoundUp or other glyphosate products around their homes and in their yards. I ask all parents to work with their school administrators where their children attend school to help spread the information on the prohibition of RoundUp on the school grounds and play yards. You will be preserving the health of your children and your grandchildren.
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