Over 170,000 litres of a weedkiller officially classified as a probable cause of cancer have been widely used by local authorities across Scotland in the last five years, an investigation by The Ferret has found.
Every year almost every council sprays hundreds of litres of herbicides containing the toxic chemical, glyphosate, on weeds at schools, parks, verges, cemeteries and other public green spaces. Despite growing fears for public health and the environment, half of Scotland’s 32 councils say they have no plans to cut back on the chemical.
Politicians, trade unions and campaigners are alarmed about the risks, which they say can threaten workers and wildlife. Many are now demanding that glyphosate be banned, with the trade union, GMB, describing it as “a severe health risk to workers.”
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