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PSD of Matosinhos accuses parish of using harmful product in the streets

During the public meeting of the municipal executive, the social-democratic councilman Bruno Pereira mentioned that earlier this month the Parish Council of Custoias, Leça do Balio and Guifões, in Matosinhos, Porto district, applied the plant protection product "Garlom GS" in residential areas, which has "serious health implications"



"The use of these herbicides in urban environments cannot be accepted. Today it is known that the use of fungicides, herbicides, insecticides/acaricides and rodenticides in a systematic and generalized way in cities in Portugal has serious implications on health", he stressed.

According to Bruno Pereira, there are scientific articles that show that the use of these products increases the incidence of celiac disease, infertility, congenital malformations, kidney disease, and autism.

The decree-law No. 35/2017 provides that plant protection treatments using plant protection products are not allowed in kindergartens, urban parks, hospitals and other places of health care, he argued.

Rejecting the use of these chemicals, the councilman, president of the council of PSD/Matosinhos, asked for greater supervision in the application of these in urban areas, leisure and roads.

Present at the meeting, the president of the Parish Union of Custoias, Leça do Balio and Guifões, Pedro Gonçalves, explained that the use of "Garlom GS" aimed to contain a weed that has become persistent in Portugal - avoadinha peluda.

In the last application we felt the need to change the product we usually use - pelargonic acid (an ecological substance extracted from plants), replacing it by other products, specifically Garlom GS, an effective product to fight the "avoadinha peluda", he said.

Pedro Gonçalves stressed that this change was "casual" and to contain the exponential growth of the weed in question, especially in areas of ditches and cobblestones.

The product is authorized by the General Directorate of Agriculture and Livestock (DGAV) for urban and recreational areas, he also assured.

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