Barcelona becomes a glyphosate-free city

22/12/2015 18:50 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

The Commission for Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility has unanimously approved a measure to eradicate the use of glyphosate and other toxic herbicides in public places. Environmentally-friendly alternatives will be looked for, which are also more respectful to people’s health.

Glyphosate is a herbicide which is used as a weed killer and which persists in the environment. It contaminates aquifers and is toxic for animals. A proposal by the Barcelona en Comú group, embracing an initiative by ecology entities, has led to all municipal groups agreeing on the need to drop the use of glyphosate in Barcelona.

The period for ceasing to use the product completely will be 1 year and as from today work will focus on ecological garden maintenance. City Council will keep residents informed and respond to any queries arising from the decision, as well as proposing other municipal councils in the metropolitan area take measures such as the one taken by Barcelona.