Bayer/ Montsanto offered to pay over A$15 billion to settle thousands of class action lawsuits in the U.S. These were made by people who claim the company's Glyphosate Based herbicides (GBH) caused their cancers. In response Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has assured the public that he is confident that 'if Australians use it per the label, it is perfectly safe.'
However judgements in the original US court case found that the safety directions were not adequate and put users of GBH at risk of serious injury even if they followed the directions – and that exposure whilst following the directions caused or contributed to the plaintiff's non Hodgkin's lymphoma & Chain Reaction article: Agricultural Minister's trust in pesticides puts public health at risk.
Spray Free FNQ is raising awareness about the dangers of GBH and calling for FNQ local councils:
1) To rapidly phase out the use of the toxic herbicide glyphosate in these areas.
2) In the interim to add a spray marker dye so all glyphosate treated areas are easily recognisable.
3) In the interim to cordon off any sprayed areas until the product is fully dry.
4) In the interim to provide clear signage as to ‘what was sprayed’, ‘concentration used’ and ‘time of application’.