Central Park’s Chemical Killer

While strolling through Central Park last spring, I was delighted by the serene water of Turtle Pond, long stretches of trees arching over the cool March day and overcome by one of America’s most famous and treasured public spaces.

Looking back on that experience is a different story.

I have no recollection of any signs or pamphlets warning me that I was walking over hoards of one of the most toxic herbicides on the market. Central Park is coated with Roundup, a weed-killer sold by the infamous biotech company Monsanto. Monsanto is the same company that refused to safely label GMO products, brought us GMO corn — a product known to cause organ failure, tumors and premature death in rats — and infused common household foods with untested and unsafe chemicals.

Studies have linked Roundup to Parkinson’s Disease and cancer. It’s been shown to kill human cells and is the third leading cause of reported illness among agricultural workers. It’s also NYC’s most popular herbicide, with 500 gallons of Roundup administered across the state in 2011. Picnickers, children at play and tourists are all exposed to Central Park’s Roundup-covered grounds. Park goers usually aren’t aware of the cancer-causing herbicide because, just like me, a stroll through the park didn’t offer any clear indications that a lethal herbicide ruled the soil.

Monsanto advertises Roundup as a safe and effective weed-killer, but this simply translates to: Roundup’s overuse kills weeds too effectively, creating pesticide-resistant and highly invasive superweeds. The herbicide doesn’t do wonders for the environment, either. Damaging plant DNA, causing animal deformities and offering high toxicity levels to both birds and insects are all in the fine print of Roundup’s impressive resume.

Corn fields drenched in Roundup already spark controversy among scientists, critics and environmentalists. But, government and privately-owned agricultural spaces are markedly different from public spaces like Central Park — where Roundup is still being quietly applied.

Take Action: Keep Roundup out of Central Park.


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Photo Credit: Photodisc


Jade Pochopsky
Jade Pochopsky5 years ago


Melania Padilla
Melania P5 years ago

Petition signed

Vernon Bachor
Vernon Bachor5 years ago

Did anyone else read the PDF provided for the whole range of Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fungicides that NYC uses?

"It’s also NYC’s most popular herbicide, with 500 gallons of Roundup administered across the state in 2011. " - Are you sure about this line you are referencing 2 separate entities in this one sentence?? The linked PDF shows that NYC, alone, used 559.54 gallons of 2 different types of Roundup combined. Where did you get your numbers?

However I suspect this issue about Roundup is a slight misdirection as there are 2 Insecticides, 1 !erbicide. and 4 Fungicides that are listed as Carcinogenic yet still in use; and none of them are Roundup.

Scary stuff, hey Kids?!?

Ah, and super weeds are super because someone will actually have to manually pick them. It adds to labour costs or chokes out cash crops; either/or.

Grace Adams
Grace Adams5 years ago

Maybe the federal government should consider buying patents for various unsafe GMO products and unsafe pesticides so as to retire the products while paying a fair price by a right of eminent domain purchase of the patents involved.

Desiree Ponton
Desiree P5 years ago

Wow it's scary the things we do to our environment and consequently ourselves.

Bob Abell
Dr. Bob Abell5 years ago

Recent tests in Europe, using the same strain of mice that the Biotech industry uses for testing, but running for the lifetime of the mice (~700 days) rather than the 90 days that Monsanto and supporters use to show GMOs are "safe", resulted in highly significant difference (yes in the scientific statistical sense) that makes it virtually certain that GMO corn and the herbicide associated with it cause cancer. Isn't that nice to know, when something like 87% of all of your corn and over 90% of the soya beans in the U.S. are GMO? And when the food industry including soft drink manufacturers are backing the opposition to Proposition 37 in California, which would give you the right to know - via labeling - that GMO products are in any given foodstuff. The food industry is screaming about the costs of labeling and compliance, when all they really need to do is tell agribiz - sorry, we don't buy GMO produce or materials made with GMO produce. No wonder your healhcare costs are way out of line with all of the rest of the developed world.

Doreen Agostino
Past Member 5 years ago

GMO Movie | The Gamble of Our Lives - 17 minute trailer and other GMO up-wising. http://ourgreaterdestiny.wordpress.com/2012/09/18/gmo-movie-free-until-09-22-12-scientific-expose/

Mit Wes
Mit Wes5 years ago

Lessica, they are still there.

Jessica Larsen
Janne O5 years ago

Oh man... thinking of all those wonderful little creatures I saw around when I visited Central Park some years ago... This is terrible. All those turtles, birds, squirrels....
:@ why do everything always have to hit animals first?! :@

Heather M
Heather Marvin5 years ago

Time to stop using the stuff and find natural chemicals.