The National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica (SINAC) issued a guideline Wednesday, which prohibits the use of glyphosate, a seemingly carcinogenic herbicide, in its facilities and in wild protected areas.
The SINAC, attached to the Ministry of Environment and Energy, explained that from now on, in all chemical products acquired by SINAC, it should be indicated that in its chemical composition it does not contain glyphosate, so the authorities will bet on more friendly products with The environment and human health.
"Broad-spectrum herbicides such as glyphosate eliminate not only so-called weeds, but also plants on which insect species depend on their food and cause damage to vegetation, so as an institution committed to the environment, we must lead efforts to counter these types of threats. ”said SINAC director Grettel Vega.
The institution explained that the prohibition of glyphosate is a mandatory compliance guideline for all personnel, both in central offices and in conservation areas.
SINAC recalled that "glyphosate is a herbicide that is widely used in Costa Rica and has been classified by the World Health Organization (GMO) as probably carcinogenic to humans."
In this country, other institutions that have banned the use of this herbicide are the State University of Costa Rica, the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and the State Distance University.
According to SINAC, prohibiting the use of glyphosate responds to article 50 of the country's Political Constitution, which guarantees the right to a healthy and ecologically balanced environment.
Costa Rica, a small country of 5 million inhabitants, houses between 5% and 6% of the planet's biodiversity and keeps close to one third of its territory under protection.
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