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‘Cancer-causing’ weed killer exposed by activists

Roundup contains ‘probable carcinogenic’: Aberystwyth activists protest the sale of the product
Roundup contains ‘probable carcinogenic’: Aberystwyth activists
protest the sale of the product

THE UK’S most popular weed killer has had its labels replaced with ones created by activists and is currently being sold in an Aber­ystwyth store.

Supermarkets, garden centres and DIY shops are currently selling Roundup, containing the chemical glyphosate, which the World Health Organisation in 2015 stated contains a ‘probable carcinogenic.’

In a bid to raise awareness of the issue, the activists, who are support­ing the Global Justice Now cam­paign, have been protesting against the sale of Roundup, resulting in the group creating their own versions of the bottle’s label, which has been added to the stock in Aberystwyth’s Morrison’s.

The weed killer’s label has been edited to display in large lettering that the it has been classed as ‘prob­ably causing cancer.’

The edited label, which has been designed to blend in with the corpo­rate branding of Monsanto’s Round­up weed killer, also states that the product ‘degrades farmers’ power so corporations grow.’

Fake leaflets which have been supplied alongside the labels say: “When applied across the world, we guarantee that Monsanto will make farmers dependent on our costly products, gain more control over farming, expand the markets for our GM seeds and dominate more of the world’s food system.”

A local supporter of Global Jus­tice Now, said: “We attached labels to bottles of Roundup in Morri­son’s supermarket in Aberystwyth because gardeners have the right to know that the weed killer they are being sold poses a very serious potential threat to their health and well-being.

“It’s disgraceful that a product that has such big question marks over its safety is on our shelves in the first place.

“We need to ensure that UK politicians are looking out for the health and well-being of UK con­sumers and food producers rather than just pandering to the profit margins of big agribusiness compa­nies like Monsanto, who make mil­lions through the sales of their weed killer, Roundup.”

According to a poll which was conducted by YouGov, it was re­vealed that over two thirds of Euro­peans think that the EU should ban the use of glyphosate in products.

Currently, in France, over-the-counter sales of weed killers which contain the chemical are prohibited.

The EU was supposed to renew the licence for glyphosate but, fol­lowing a public outcry and opposi­tion to re-licensing from a number of MPs, the vote has been postponed until later in May.

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