Long Beach, CA - 5th District Long Beach Councilwoman Stacy Mungo has joined her 7th District colleague, Councilmember Roberto Uranga, in introducing a motion to request that the City Council amend the City’s pest/weed management policy to eliminate the use of products or materials that contain glyphosate(s), including weed abatement sprays such as “Roundup” and “Ranger Pro,” and direct the City Manager to seek alternative organic products for weed and pest abatement for use by City staff in parks, medians and other areas.
Glyphosate is a widely-used herbicide and is the main ingredient in Monsanto's “Roundup” and “Ranger Pro.” The World Health Organization recently found that the chemical glyphosate has potential negative health impacts and can be carcinogenic to humans. On March 28, 2017, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) posted a Notice that glyphosate would be added to the list of chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer per Proposition 65. On August 10, 2018, a state court in San Francisco, California ruled that Monsanto products “Roundup” and “Ranger Pro” were not adequately labeled to detail potential negative health impacts.
“The more I’ve learned about glyphosate products, the more convinced I am that we have to keep this potentially harmful chemical away from children and neighbors. That’s why I’m proud to join my colleague in calling for the elimination of these products throughout the City. We have better, less harmful alternatives we can use, and for the sake of our children, adults and seniors, our pets and wildlife, it’s time to make the switch.”
“I want to thank Councilwoman Mungo for stepping forward in support of this proposal to eliminate harmful chemicals from our public places,” said 5th District advocate Corliss Lee, “the alternatives may cost the city a little more, but it’s worth it. We don’t want potential carcinogens in our parks and public places where people work, live and play.”