Petition Launched for Government to Ban Glyphosate Chemical

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Updated: June 14, 2016

To the regular consumer or citizen, the chemical, Glyphosate may mean nothing; but for the workers in the agricultural sector, its use, its effectiveness and its dangers are well known.  Glyphosate is an herbicide that farmers use on the plants’ leaves to kill both broadleaf plants and grasses while the sodium salt form of glyphosate is used to regulate plant growth and ripen fruit.  Tonight, however, there is a petition on the www.change.org website that is seeking signatures to have Belize’s Government to ban the use of the chemical to ensure the safety of the people of Belize and the Barrier Reef.  The petition reads, quote, “Last week, the Pesticide Control Boards of the Caribbean held a week long meeting in Belize.  When it was publicized, it was too late for the concerned public to request a meeting with this group, either to ask any questions or submit recommendations.  For your information, check the Pesticides Control Act of Belize which contains a list of restricted chemicals in Belize. Glyphosate is not on the list, help us put it there.”  The petition, started by the South-eastern Watershed Alliance Group, is addressed to the Prime Minister of Belize, his Chief Executive Officer, Audrey Wallace and Cabinet Secretary, Carlos Perdomo.  Recently, the World Health Organization had declared the chemical a cancer causing agent and as many as seventeen countries around the world have banned the Roundup Glyphosate chemical including France, Brazil, Columbia, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Chile and Canada.  Up to news time tonight, the petition which was opened today, has garnered about three hundred and sixty signatures.