The federal government would like to increase the amount of glyphosate herbicide residue allowed on certain grains and legumes. Yes, you read that correctly. Glyphosate, the pesticide that we have been fighting for years, considered a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization, is still a threat.
This week, the federal government announced that it would like to allow an increase in the amount of glyphosate allowed on many foods such as wheat, beans and oats. This would make Canada’s standards less stringent than they are in the United States and China for grains and pulses.
We are preparing to deliver our petition against glyphosate to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, to make the voice of the petition’s other 33,000 signatories heard.
For many years, the fight against glyphosate has been a central issue for Équiterre. We are now working on regenerative agriculture, a more global approach, which allows us to go to the source of the problem (that creates the need for synthetic pesticides and fertilizers), while also helping to increase the resilience of our farms.
To continue the fight against glyphosate, Équiterre is working as a member of Vigilance OGM, which has just launched an ambitious campaign, Sortir du glyphosate, to counteract the agrochemical lobbies and to put pressure on different levels of government. We encourage you to have a look at the 15 demands and to sign the manifesto (in French): #SortirDuGlyphosate.