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States Works to stop using glyphosate

States Works to stop using glyphosate

Friday 18 September 2020

States Works to stop using glyphosate

States Works is on track to stop using the potentially harmful herbicide glyphosate by the end of this year, with plans to set an "international benchmark" on protecting the environment.

The business set itself the target of phasing out glyphosate by December and has been speaking with clients on alternative measures which could be put in place.

"Proactive engagement with our clients means we can set an international benchmark on protecting the environment well ahead of the 2022 publication of an EU review into glyphosate use," said a spokesperson for the business.

The potential dangers of glyphosate use have been brought to light in recent years, after research found it could cause cancer.

As a result of the findings, some countries have taken action to limit or ban the sale of glyphosate - which is most commonly used in the weedkiller 'RoundUp'.

glyphosate roundup round up

Pictured: Glyphosate can be purchased locally - some countries have already taken action to limit or ban the sale of it.

However, the chemical is still freely available to buy, sell and use in Guernsey, despite an attempt by a number of deputies to change that last year.

States Works, which carries out a range of land management services for the States, is hoping to set an example by stopping its use of glyphosate.

The change is being implemented among other plans for the business to become more environmentally-friendly.

"During 2019, the team met with local biodiversity groups and clients, and is now consciously propagating considerably more pollinator plants," the spokesperson explained.

"The team also continue to work closely with our clients and other stakeholders to help identify areas that are suitable habitats to help enhance species populations and support the island’s Biodiversity Strategy."

To read States Works' full Annual Report for 2019, click HERE.


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