Fertilizer and More
It is an ongoing concern for our industry that there are increasing calls to eliminate the use of certain products on lawns and landscapes within certain jurisdictions. The most common ones to date related to the call to restrict fertilizers and more recently the use of glyphosate for weed control.
In several locales, local governments have called for restricting glyphosate on the basis that it is alleged as harmful to people (an alleged carcinogen) and to the environment. In all such instances EREF is aware of, the human-health claims point to a study coming out of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the UN’s World Health Organization which declared glyphosate “a probable carcinogen”. Since those initial claims, IARC’s study has been widely debunked and criticized across the board as flawed, even to the extent of IARC researchers ignoring and suppressing data pointing to the safety of glyphosate. Further, the US Environmental Protection Agency, has consistently through several administrations and currently certified glyphosate as “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans” and “found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label”.
Despite the clear and convincing evidence, activist organizations persist in promoting the false narratives about glyphosate and other chemicals as a means or promoting their own agendas. EREF rejects these misleading tactics of scaring the public when the evidence is clear.
We certainly encourage you to be alert for any such activity about such restrictions in your locale and inform us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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