Supervisor Barger wants county departments to stop using herbicide while study is conducted and viable alternatives are explored

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – A motion was introduced today by Supervisor Kathryn Barger asking county departments to stop the use of the herbicide glyphosate while a full investigation is conducted to examine whether the chemical is appropriate for use by the county based on potential environmental and health impacts. 

The use of glyphosate, a main ingredient in the herbicide brand called “Roundup,” is a well-known, effective weed abatement method used by many public and private entities including the Agricultural Commissioner, who has established protocols for its use in full compliance with all Federal and State regulations. 

Despite these controls, however, there is a growing body of scientific study around the safety of using herbicides and the potential for negative impact on human, animal, and environmental health.

“I am asking county departments to stop the use of this herbicide until public health and environmental professionals can determine if it’s safe for further use in L.A. County and explore alternative methods for vegetation management,” Barger said.   

If approved by the Board of Supervisors, Barger’s motion directs the Department of Public Works in conjunction with Public Health, Parks and Recreation, Beaches and Harbors, and the Agricultural Commission to study the issue and report back to the Board with findings and alternatives within 30 days.

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