You have probably seen bees mentioned quite a lot in the news recently, they are definitely a hot topic! Yes, they look pretty in your garden when they’re hovering above your array of colourful flowers but, they are also extremely useful for the continuation of our ecosystem.
In fact, bees support the growth of trees, flowers and other various plants, which serve as food and shelter for many creatures large and small. They are also responsible for pollinating nearly 85% of all food crops for humans, including fruit, vegetables and nuts. Without bees, dairy, meat and egg products would be very hard to produce and also significantly more expensive. This is because most animal feeds contain plant products which are pollinated by bees. Despite how useful and important they are to us, humans are still finding methods to harm the bees… Glyphosate weed killer is one of those ways.
Kent County Council (KCC) are continuing to kill weeds using glyphosate. Glyphosate is one of the most popular and potent weed killers out there, it is one of the main ingredients in Roundup products and has been commonly used since the 1970s. It kills just about every plant material you can imagine.
Glyphosate is also known to be harmful to bees, human health and our environment. Scientific studies show that glyphosate depletes the amino acids tyrosine, tryptophan, and phenylalanine, which can then contribute to obesity, depression, autism, inflammatory bowel disease, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. The toxicity it has towards bumblebees is also very concerning in fact, one formulation killed 96% of the bees within 24 hours.
Back in 2015, Somerset council banned the use of glyphosate and moved to pesticide free methods - they were the first UK council to do so. A government in India has also completely banned the harmful herbicide, saying it kills soil and causes health hazards to humans. If others are seeing the harm and danger why can’t Kent County Council? There are lots of other natural and pesticide free weed killer alternatives out there. Now is the time to act, before it’s too late. It’s quick and easy, simply sign this petition and spread the word.