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Terror Never Ends In Smithers BC | Josette Wier | Tony Mitra | Exploring innovative and creative expressions of anti-gmo and food security activism in the global community

Dr. Josette Wier continues her battle against pesticides
Posted on February 28, 2015

Dr. Josette Wier, a doctor and an activist against pesticides, was born in France. She is 68 years old. She has a 120 Acre plot at Smithers, northern BC. She wishes to plant organic grain there, but has not managed the economics of it yet, so presently leases the land for hay. She does not earn anything from it – but gives the hay away freely. She intends to try out experimental crops in small lots to see what works and what does not. She is not aiming to get her products certified organic right now, because it is an expensive proposition, but would like to grow her crops as if they were organic.

There is a shortage of information and knowledge on what can be grown there sustainably. The region’s history of settlements is barely a century old, where settlers came, cleared the forest and created the farm land. Nobody has tried growing human cereals, though some have grown animal feed there. There was a government funded study in an experimental farm decades ago, to see what can be grown there. But, the Government has shut that down quite a while ago. The information thus collected is apparently lost or lying in someone’s barn without any effort to preserve. Reportedly a research student in the University of Northern British Columbia, UNBC, is trying to find that information and is lamenting at the difficulty of finding, preserving and building on that knowledge base.

Josette has a few more things that sets her apart. She has been battling pesticide use in Canada, as an activist and a litigator, for 15 years or so. She took the provincial Government followed up by taking the Federal Govt to court for practice of injecting arsenic based pesticide into hundreds of thousands of BC forest trees to fight the pine beetle attack, and for spraying RoundUp by the logging corporations. After several years of court battle , she eventually won both her cases, and the practice was halted. But this happened only after EPA had withdrawn approval of the practice in USA due to proven harm to environment.

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BlackburnNews.com – Farm Group Says PMRA Still Not Moving On Generic Pesticide Concerns

By Ray Baynton on December 10, 2013 
 
Two different groups are taking the Pest Management Regulatory Agency to task over it’s generic pesticides registration process.

Farmers of North America says PMRA was approached about the delays in the process three years ago.

But FNA and a group of generic crop protection companies say the agency hasn’t done anything to improve the system .

The main complaint is that it can take 24 months to get a generic pesticide on the market in this country.

FNA says it only takes about 6 months in the U-S.

Their argument is that the delay, along with what they argue is a massive price differential between pesticide products here and in the U-S, put Canadian farmers at a big disadvantage in the marketplace.

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Government get off my lawn!

July 12, 2013 20:49

The ‘enviro’crats won’t let up on their useless ban on pesticides for home use despite all scientific evidence saying they pose no risk.

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NAFTA – Ottawa sued over Quebec fracking ban – Business – CBC News

Ottawa sued over Quebec fracking ban

Company's suit based on NAFTA provisions

Posted: Nov 23, 2012 11:05 AM ET

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2012 11:03 AM ET

 

Hydraulic fracturing has come into widespread use in North America. Hydraulic fracturing has come into widespread use in North America. (Associated Press)

Dr. Séralini Discredited – Attempts to reduce glyphosate in Argentina a wake-up call – Top Crop Manager

Attempts to reduce glyphosate in Argentina a wake-up call

Good science must trump political manoeuvring.

Written by Treena Hein

Active ingredients such as glyphosate are put through extensive and ongoing tests, to ensure maximum safety for users.

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Argentina is currently the world’s third largest producer of soybeans, and much of this rise in position came as a result of the advent of Roundup Ready technology. However, governments at several levels in that country have taken steps to restrict the use of glyphosate. This is a development the global scientific community, political bodies such as the European Union and major agricultural companies are keeping an eye on. The farming community in Argentina is also concerned; however farmers around the globe, including those in Canada, should take notice, too.

In March 2010, one province in Argentina banned the use of glyphosate within 875 yards of homes. In 2011, a federal bill was introduced to ban the use of glyphosate herbicides within 109 yards of urban areas. This bill is still in play, and some politicians are pushing for a 10-year phase-out of all glyphosate-containing products.

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