Below is a suggested letter that you can send to the Austin, Texas City Council. You may also download a .doc version here: Letter to the Austin City Council
Dear Austin City Council Member:
As a voting constituent and citizen of the City of Austin I urge you to examine the practice of using the herbicide glyphosate, aka RoundUp, in city parks and other public areas. Currently, this non-selective poison is used by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department in 38 public areas including city parks, museum grounds, and one elementary school. Scientific studies have linked this highly toxic poison to genetic mutation, cancer, diabetes, cell damage, behavior disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, and heart disease.
The following quote from Natural News describes a newly published scientific paper by an MIT scientist:
“The immense dangers associated with exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide are becoming incontrovertible, with the latest indictment of this deadly chemical cocktail coming from a new paper published in the open access, peer-reviewed journal Entropy. A scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her colleague found that, contrary to industry claims, the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, interferes with human digestion and the biosynthesis of nutrients, which can cause a host of fatal diseases.”
To view the original paper please visit http://www.mdpi.com/1099-4300/15/4/1416
Additionally, RoundUp herbicide has a history of causing seizures in dogs and there is at least one known incident of a dog having a seizure after being in a Austin city park that had been sprayed with RoundUp. In this incident the dog was examined by a local vet whose diagnosis was that the dog had ingested some type of toxin.
Please visit https://flashecology.wordpress.com/ to see a list that was provided by the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department that shows the 38 parks, museum grounds and school grounds in which RoundUp herbicide is being used by that department. Please note that many of these parks are on the banks of the Colorado River which can further broadcast the poison into larger areas.
Due to the scientifically proven horrendous effects this toxin has on human health and the likelihood that adults, children, and pets will come into contact with it when visiting city parks, museums, and schools, it is my hope that the City of Austin will find a more sane alternative some of which are offered at the URL given above.