A BHB tipster writes us that the Parks Department is spraying RoundUp, a pesticide recently in the news for reportedly causing birth defects and other issues. Note that many of these findings have been disputed, so let’s not get all Jenny McCarthy about this yet:
Parks has been spraying Round-Up in Cadman Park….I stopped in the office there today and was told by a Parks employee that it was necessary to “kill weeds that grow in the cracks of the pathways” but the announcement which was taped to a few spots on the fences says the “specific sites” are “horticulture areas, planted sites, and cobblestone paths”.
If you do a web search, you will quickly see that this Monsanto pesticide is regarded by many as bad for children, anyone with a liver, and pregnant women.
In the rain this afternoon, I took home one of the signs which was getting waterlogged. I will email you a photo of it, or you can see it in situ on a fence in the north side of Cadman Park….it’s pink and taped onto the fence. I think the neighborhood should know that Parks is spraying a controversial chemical in what is really our backyard. Battery Park City gardeners use no pesticides and they have a really beautiful park.