Chemical Pesticide Poisons - NI FOREST SERVICE use of Roundup®, a Glyphosate based weedkiller, within DONARD FOREST, NEWCASTLE.

Eileen Flynn made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)

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To Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland),
Denis McMahon
Doing business as Permanent Secretary
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
Ballymiscaw, Belfast

NOTICE TO THE PRINCIPAL IS NOTICE TO THE AGENT; NOTICE TO THE AGENT IS NOTICE TO THE PRINCIPAL

Chemical Pesticide Poisons - Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs use of Roundup®, a Glyphosate based weedkiller, within Donard Forest, Newcastle

Dear Denis Mcmahon

WHEREAS on July 5th 2019 London Assembly unanimously adopts a Motion to eliminate glyphosate

http://www.pan-uk.org/london-assembly-un...

WHEREAS on 28 February 2019 - DERRY CITY AND STRABANE DISTRICT COUNCIL unanimously passed the following: "That this Council recognises the health and environmental risks associated with Glyphosate, which the World Health Organisation has upgraded to “probably carcinogenic in humans”.

Taking this into consideration THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS should cease from using the weed killer and request that all subcontractors employed by THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS also cease the use of Glyfos and all products containing Glyphosate, in favour of a more environmentally friendly product.

As a Council we pledge to discontinue the use of glyphosate in all operations with the only exception being when dealing with Japanese Knotweed, which will be injected rather than sprayed.
http://www.pan-uk.org/pesticide-free-tow...

WHEREAS “While we can avoid most food-borne glyphosate-containing herbicides by not eating GM foods and sticking to an organic diet, we cannot easily avoid environmental exposure unless these herbicides are not used. The chemicals in glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup are long lived in the environment. They break down slowly and remain on the plants and in the ground for a long time. They can also migrate into the air with dust or in the misty conditions… Indeed, a significant amount of human glyphosate exposure is from the air.”

WHEREAS on the 20 March 2015, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) assessed Glyphosate based pesticides and formulations, including Roundup®, as Group 2A “Probably Carcinogenic to Humans”. The World Health Organisation IARC outlines that Glyphosate and Glyphosate formulations cause: Higher levels of cancer in populations exposed to spraying; mutation and damage to human DNA; cancer in lab animals and is 2A "Probable Human Carcinogen” .

The WHO’s IARC assessment was published in THE LANCET Oncology (2015) and as volume 112 of the IARC Monographs. The WHO’s IARC Monographs evaluation is a hazard classification. It indicates the strength of evidence that glyphosate and glyphosate formulations can cause cancer. This classification is further supported by “strong” evidence for genotoxicity, both for “pure” glyphosate and for glyphosate formulations.

Unlike many so-called regulatory agencies in the EU or US, the WHO’s IARC classification considers only published, peer-reviewed data from toxicological studies, and does not rely primarily on industry data or consider a corporation’s internal unpublished studies which are not in the public domain. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland [UK] is a member state, contributes to budget and running costs, and participates in the Governing Council of the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.

‘IARC Monograph on Glyphosate’ https://www.iarc.fr/featured-news/media-...

‘Carcinogenicity of tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate’ https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf...

WHEREAS DDT (DichloroDiphenylTrichloroethane) was also classified as a Group 2A “Probably Carcinogenic to Humans” in 2015.

WHEREAS “Studies over the past decade suggest that glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — pollutes water sources, hangs around in soil far longer than previously suspected, and routinely taints human food supplies. In both the U.S. and Europe, the supposedly safe limits for human ingestion are based on long-outdated science. Research also points to serious adverse consequences for the environment, and there are indications glyphosate can cause disease in mammals even several generations removed from the initial exposure.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articl...

WHEREAS “Over the past year, evidence of Monsanto’s deceptive efforts to defend the safety of its top-selling Roundup herbicide have been laid bare for all to see. Through three civil trials, the public release of internal corporate communications has revealed conduct that all three juries have found so unethical as to warrant punishing punitive damage awards.

Much attention has been paid to Monsanto conversations in which company scientists casually discuss ghostwriting scientific papers and suppressing science that conflicts with corporate assertions of Roundup’s safety. There has also been public outrage over internal records illustrating cozy relationships with friendly regulators which border on – and possibly cross into – collusion.

But these once-confidential Monsanto documents demonstrate that the deception has gone much deeper. In addition to the manipulation of science and of regulators, the company’s most insidious deceit may be its strategic manipulation of the media, according to the records.” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre...

WHEREAS Researchers from King’s College London have shown an “ultra low dose” of glyphosate-based pesticides and formulations was damaging. The study involved glyphosate exposures of 4 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day, which is 75,000 below EU permitted levels. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep39328

WHEREAS there are currently at least 13,400 lawsuits which have been filed from people who claim exposure to glyphosate based pesticides and “weed killers” including but not limited to Roundup® caused them health problems, including cancer.

WHERAS according to a Class Action Lawsuit filed in the US, “Monsanto’s marketing claim that Roundup is safe because it targets an enzyme that is not found in people or pets is “false, misleading, and deceptive, as the enzyme that glyphosate targets is found in people and pets—specifically, in beneficial gut bacteria.”

Glyphosate kills weeds by interfering with the “shikimate pathway,” a metabolic sequence that synthesizes vital amino acids. Glyphosate disrupts the shikimate pathway by interfering with 5 enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate (EPSP), an enzyme that governs aromatic amino acid formation. Beneficial bacteria in the human gut (and the guts of other mammals) produces and utilizes EPSP synthase. Our immune systems [and the immune systems of other mammals including wildlife, livestock and pets] depend on this beneficial gut bacteria.”

https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/toxic-tor...

WHEREAS exposure to Glyphosate-based pesticides, including Roundup®, can be a significant factor in and has been linked to the following: ADHD; ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease); Alzheimer’s disease; Anencephaly (birth defect); Autism Spectrum Disorder; Birth defects; Brain cancer in children; Breast cancer; Celiac disease and gluten intolerance; Chronic kidney disease; Colitis: Depression; Diabetes; Disrupting healthy Gut Bacteria within humans and animals; Heart disease; Hypothyroidism; Infertility; Inflammatory Bowel Disease (“Leaky Gut Syndrome”); Liver disease; Lung Cancer; Male Reproductive problems (delayed puberty, decreased sperm production, and decreased testosterone production); Multiple Sclerosis (MS); Multiple Chemical Sensitivity; Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD); Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer; Miscarriages; Spontaneous abortion; Neurotoxcity, Parkinson’s disease; Prostate Cancer; Respiratory illnesses; Stillbirths and other harms and potential harms.

WHEREAS Juror No. 4 in the first Monsanto Roundup trial August 2018 [Dewayne Johnson v MONSANTO], has a simple explanation for why [MONSANTO now] BAYER is getting “socked with big-dollar verdicts for its weedkiller”. He states, “The evidence against them is simply overwhelming.”

https://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news...

WHEREAS 10 August 2018 - Dewayne Johnson v. MONSANTO Company was the first Roundup® cancer lawsuit to proceed to trial. A unanimous jury verdict in favour of Dewayne Johnson’s claim that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup® weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate was a substantial factor in causing Dewayne Johnson to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer (NHL). The jury awarded $39.25 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.

Jury Verdict Form: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/pdf/monsa...

WHERAS 27 March 2019 - Edwin Hardeman v. MONSANTO Company (now BAYER). A unanimous jury verdict in favour of Edwin Hardeman’s claim that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup® weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, was a substantial factor in causing Edwin Harderman to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) cancer. Awarding $80.2 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages. The jury also found that Roundup® was unsafe and Monsanto had failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with its products.

Jury Verdict Form: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/pdf/monsa...

The US district judge Vince Chhabria, who oversaw the trial stated there were “large swathes of evidence” showing that Monsanto’s Roundup® could cause cancer. That there was “a great deal of evidence that Monsanto has not taken a responsible, objective approach to the safety of its product … and does not particularly care whether its product is in fact giving people cancer, focusing instead on manipulating public opinion and undermining anyone who raises genuine and legitimate concerns about the issue.”

https://usrtk.org/monsanto-roundup-trial...

WHEREAS 13 May 2019 in the case of Pilliod et al. v. MONSANTO Company (now BAYER), a jury verdict in favour of wife and husband Alberta and Alva Pilliod’s claims that exposure to Monsanto’s Roundup® weed killer and its active ingredient, glyphosate, was a substantial factor in causing both of their non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer. “The couple attributed their cancer diagnoses on exposure to Roundup and its active ingredient, glyphosate, and accused Monsanto of fraudulently representing that Roundup is safe despite scientific evidence linking exposure to non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.”

The jury verdict ordered MONSANTO to pay $55 million in compensatory damages and $2 billion in punitive damages ($1 billion each for Alberta and Alva Pilliod) for failing to warn consumers that exposure to Roundup weed killer causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).

Jury Verdict Form: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/pdf/monsa...

Jury verdict Form: https://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/pdf/monsa...

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004, you are required to respond to this request to provide the following:

1. Copies of the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS required risk assessments for the general public for the use, spraying and exposure to Glyphosate-based “weed killers” by employees of the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS, including but not limited to Roundup®, etc. and which are assessed by the World Health Organisation’s IARC as 2A "Probably Carcinogenic to Humans” and as required by Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) 2000* legislation at and around Donard Forest for the years:

A) 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019;

B) 1 April 2019 - 01 August 2019.

*“EXPLANATORY NOTE 12. A person who contravenes these Regulations or any requirement or prohibition imposed thereunder is guilty of an offence under Article 31 of the 1978 Order and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (currently £5,000) or, on conviction on indictment, to a fine.”

2. Copies of the THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS required risk assessments including, but not limited to the risk assessments for exposure of new and expectant mothers, and women of child bearing age by the use, spraying and exposure to Glyphosate-based “weed killers” by employees of THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS, including but not limited to Roundup®, etc. and which are assessed by the World Health Organisation’s IARC as 2A "Probably Carcinogenic to Humans” and as required by Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) 2000* legislation at and around Donard Forest for the years:

A) 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019;

B) 1 April 2019 - 01 August 2019.

*“EXPLANATORY NOTE 12. A person who contravenes these Regulations or any requirement or prohibition imposed thereunder is guilty of an offence under Article 31 of the 1978 Order and is liable, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (currently £5,000) or, on conviction on indictment, to a fine.”

3. Copies of THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS required risk assessments including, but not limited to the risk assessments for the exposure of babies, toddlers and children by the administering/spraying and exposure to Glyphosate-based “weed killers” by employees of THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS, including but not limited to Roundup®, etc. and which are assessed by the World Health Organisation’s IARC as 2A "Probably Carcinogenic to Humans” and as required by Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 and The Management of Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) 2000 legislation at and around Donard Forest for the years:

A) 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019;

B) 1 April 2019 - 01 August 2019.

4. Please confirm how many times a year and the dates that the DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS maintained and managed Donard Forest are sprayed and/or are scheduled to be sprayed with Glyphosate-based “weed killers”, including but not limited Roundup®, etc., which are a World Health Organisation’s IARC Group 2A "Probably Carcinogenic to Humans” for the years:

A) 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

B) 1 April 2019 - 01 August 2019

5. Copies of all public notices, publications, advertisements, articles, web links, flyers, communications, etc. produces or promoted by DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS which notified new and expectant mothers and children, women of child bearing age, parents of children, children, those living with cancer and other ailments, members of the public and rate payers that THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS employees, sub contractors/agents were exposing/spraying/administering within Donard Forest glyphosate based “weed killers” including Roundup® assessed by the World Health Organisation’ in March 2015 as a Group 2A "Probably Carcinogenic to Humans” for the years:

A) 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

B) 1 April 2019 - 01 August 2019

I do not consent to receiving a single sentence/paragraph response for items 1- 5. I require each item and each year (A & B) to have its own response.

Please number your responses 1 -5.

I have the reasonable expectation that you, Denis McMahon, acting as a public servant in the public office of Permanent Secretary of THE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS will honor and adhere to your position of Trust, the Seven Principles of public life, your Duty of Care, the laws, the statutory legislation, regulations and protocols that govern public servants and all those who offer a public service.

The 7 principles of public life are: Honesty; Openness; Leadership; Integrity; Accountability; Objectivity and Selflessness.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

This will be used as evidence.

Sincerely and without ill will, vexation or frivolity

Eileen Flynn

All rights reserved

Cc: To All Whom It May Concern

Cassidy, JohnJoe, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)

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Acknowledgement letter to FOI request.

 

John Joe Cassidy

 

 

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