To: John Gillam Bunnings Warehouse CEO
Bunnings Warehouse, please ban cancer causing glyphosate weed killers
Dear Mr Gillam,
It has been a while now that the World Health Organization IARC has classified glyphosate as a class 2A carcinogen for humans (at the same level than Nitrate, Acrylamide, inorganic lead compounds and others) and many countries as well as gardening retailers have decided to ban the products containing this substance (especially Monsanto's Roundup herbicide).
I therefore urge you to do the same in order to keep your consumers safe and in the same time make the manufacturers understand that the precautionary principle is best instead of commercializing products that prove to be unsafe.
Why is this important?
For the health of your customers, and I guess it must be important to Bunnings Warehouse, the ban of glyphosate based weedlkillers has to be a wise move.
Some have criticized this consensus report from the WHO but truly must not know the meaning of "slow poisoning" or "precaution".
So far I can mention that it has been banned from all french gardening centers, Switzerland centers Coop and Migros, German giant retailer Rewe, also the countries of Columbia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica and more. There also are about 30 000 health professionals in Argentina (one of biggest user of Roundup) calling for the same ban.
moreover a team of international scientists based in New Zealand reported that widely available commercial formulations of RoundUp, 2,4-D and dicamba can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in common disease-causing bacteria.
I suppose that this does not come as a surprise and hope that Bunnings Warehouse will also use the precautionary principle and remove all products containing glyphosate from its shelves.
You hopefully also know that the use of these weedkillers depletes the soil and washes down in our rivers, causing more environmental damage and also comes back into our drinkable water (an American study also found that 93% of women tested positive to glyphosate in their breast-milk).
I include here a list of links to broaden anyone's knowledge on the matter:
How it will be delivered
I would like to deliver the petition in person to John Gillam and also would like to stage a press conference.