Want to know if your favorite neighborhood park or playground is one of the 2,748 in NYC that has been contaminated with Monsanto’s glyphosate-containing Roundup pesticide spray? Well, thanks to Reverend Billy and the members of the Coalition Against Poison Parks, you can now use an interactive map to see exactly where the toxic substance, which has been linked to cancer, birth defects, allergies and asthma, has been sprayed around the city.
Data from the Parks Department was used to create the interactive map, which was presented to Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, by members of the Coalition Against Poison Parks at a meeting last Tuesday. The group plans to push the commissioner for full public disclosure about the use of glyphosate around the city and demand an end to its use.
Monsanto has been on the defensive for years, fighting back at claims and various lawsuits against its popular weed killer containing herbicide glyphosate, which has been linked to cancer. Despite the recent report by the World Health Organization that glyphosate is indeed a probable carcinogen, New York City shows no sign of discontinuing its use.
According to the Pesticide Use by New York City Agencies in 2014, Roundup is currently used by the NYC Parks Department all over the city. However not all of the locations where glyphosate is in use were previously disclosed to the public. For example, data from Central Park and other areas managed by non-profit conservancies is not included in the Park Data. Scarily, though, according to an EcoWatch report, the use of the Monsanto product has doubled in the city since 2013.
Now, thanks to the Coalition and Reverend Billy‘s interactive map, New Yorkers can at least see where the harmful product is being used and steer clear of those sites. But getting the Parks Department to cease Roundup usage completely still remains the larger goal.
Via Reverend Billy