Summary of Health Canada Court Case: Glyphosate

Hello!  Here is a short summary of our Federal Court case.

  • Health Canada in April 2017 approved the registration for glyphosate use in Canada until 2032 or later.
  • Safe Food Matters and 7 other groups filed notices of objection in late June 2017.
  • In January 2019, Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) under Health Canada rejected all the objections.
  • SFM and our President, Mary Lou McDonald, decided to take the last legal step possible: asking the Federal Court to review the legal basis for the rejections.
  • Mary Lou is a retired lawyer. She drafted and filed the notice of application in February 2019.
  • But she is not a court lawyer, so we hired Andrea Gonsalves of Stockwoods LLP, a vegan who is passionate about the case. They have kindly agreed on a “not to exceed”.
  • The goal is an independent review of the basis for the registration of glyphosate, which could lead to a full or partial ban.
  • At this time, legal arguments are being written.
  • The case will be heard at the end of 2019 or early 2020.
  • We are the only ones taking this legal step in Canada.
  • Canada’s registration process is ahead of that in the US, so the case is important.
  • Funding for the case is being fronted by Mary Lou, and covered by donations and a GoFundMe campaign.
  • Please support us at  Go Fund Me Taking Health Canada to Court over Glyphosate

In gratitude, Safe Food Matters Inc. 

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