Communication of Glyphosate dangers to Councils in NI

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

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

On the 20 March 2015, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified Glyphosate based pesticides and formulations, including Roundup®, as Group 2A “Probably Carcinogenic to Humans”. Seven experts from eleven countries met at the WHO’s IARC to assess the carcinogenicity of glyphosate. This classification is further supported by “strong” evidence for genotoxicity, both for “pure” glyphosate and for glyphosate formulations.
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. 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.
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.”
On the 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.

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The jury also found that Roundup® was unsafe and Monsanto had failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with its products.
Under FOI Was there any form of communication notifying members of the public and rate payers,council employees, councillors, sub-contractors/agents within the entire Northern Ireland area, that exposure to glyphosate based “weed killers” including Roundup® was reclassified by the World Health Organisation’s IARC in March 2015 to a Group 2A "Probably Carcinogenic to Humans”?

Yours faithfully,

Jill truesdale

DAERA EMFG Information Requests, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)

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Dear Ms Truesdale,


Please find acknowledgement of your request and information leaflet.


Yours sincerely.




Governance and Complaints Unit

Environment, Marine and Fisheries Group, DAERA

Northern Ireland Environment Agency

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McNamara, Tommy, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Northern Ireland)

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Please find attached the Department's response to your freedom of
information request regarding the issue of Departmental communication
regarding glyphosate, following the recent civil case in the USA.


An identical freedom of information request was sent to the Northern
Ireland Environment Agency, which is an integral part of the Department.
As such you treat this response as a response to that request.






Tommy McNamara


Environmental Farming Branch, Room 651, Dundonald House, Ballymiscaw,
Belfast BT4 3SB


Tel: 02890 525583    [mobile number]


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