Time to get glyphosate off our shelves and out of our fields – Ecojustice
Glyphosate poised for re-registration despite unacceptable health and environmental risks
For the last six years, Canadian regulators have been quietly reviewing the registration and use of glyphosate pest control products, the most widely-used pesticide in Canada. Most of this review has been conducted behind closed doors, with little public participation. Glyphosate, however, still managed to make headlines a few months ago when the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — an agency of the World Health Organization — classified it as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
This is just one reason why we were so concerned when we learned that Canada is poised to allow the continued registration and use of glyphosate, which can be found in Monsanto’s RoundUp weed-killer products. In fact, there is no indication that Canada plans to introduce any new meaningful restrictions on its use.
As we wrote in a letter sent to the Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) today, this position contradicts the growing body of scientific evidence that links this toxic substance to serious human health and environmental impacts. The PMRA’s stance is also out of step with provincial governments given that both Manitoba’s cosmetic pesticide ban and Ontario’s move to restrict neonicotinoids suggest that the tide of public opinion is turning against excessive, indiscriminate pesticide use.
We take issue with the fact that the PMRA — the body responsible for approving pesticide registration in Canada — dismissed the IARC’s classification of glyphosate as a probable carcinogen with little rationale. Rather that rely on published, peer-reviewed science, the PMRA’s evaluation argued that glyphosate is safe by citing the unpublished, non-credible studies submitted by the very pesticide companies that stand to benefit from the continued use of this substance.
Cost of weed control in Steinbach has risen from $15K to $237K, Dobrowolski says
Posted:Jun 11, 2015 12:35 PM CT
Last Updated:Jun 11, 2015 12:35 PM CT
The white puff balls of seeding dandelions are littered along Manitoba boulevards and medians and they are a problem for allergy sufferers, Dobrowolski says.
Montgomery Parks to Test ‘Natural Weed-Killer’ As Pesticide Debate Set to Resume
Parks has said pesticide ban would hurt its ability to keep some playing fields in shape
The two soccer fields at Timberlawn Local Park are part of a Montgomery Parks pilot project on turfgrass treatment
VIA MONTGOMERY COUNTY