According to the World Health Organization, the weed killer, glyphosate, used by councils across Australia probably causes cancer.
The WHO report amended its original assessment of the herbicide from ‘possibly’ to ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’. The Australian Federal Department of Health is now re-assessing the serious affects exposure presents to humans.
Countries such as the Netherlands, El Salvador and Sri Lanka have started banning glyphosate, adopting for a more cautious approach.
With such shocking reports of such a common herbicide being so toxic, a lateral shift in Australia is required where councils start adopting different methods and apply more safer and sustainable alternatives around communities and environments.