Last year it emerged (in response to a freedom of information request) that Sheffield Council uses dangerous Glyphosate herbicide on the city’s pavements and greenery. This substance (the best know brand is Monsanto’s RoundUp) is very dangerous to insects, plant life and humans. Legal cases against Monsanto are now being won, after years of campaigning. It has been banned by various countries and UK councils. Glyphosate is toxic even down to killing earthworms and soil micro-organisms, and effects continue underground for 2 years or longer.
Safe alternatives to Glyphosate are available, so Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, Sheffield Green Parents, Sheffield Green Party and Sheffield Greenpeace are backing a petition on this matter. We urge Alt-Sheff readers to sign this petition, please.
UPDATE April 2020: There is now a campaigning song about Glyphosate, and people willing to video themselves singing at home (to a backing track) are needed. The voices will be edited into a choir for sharing on You Tube. If you are interested in getting involved email Graham at firstname.lastname@example.org.