Glyphosate, the world’s most-used herbicide, is almost impossible to avoid. Glyphosate is in your water, in much of of the food you eat, in the soils growing that food, in forests, rivers and streams, and in wildlife.
The science is clear to us. Glyphosate is harming our health and the environment. Yet pesticide regulators are still “monitoring” the science and refusing to take action.
On September 15, 2022 the courageous film producer, Jennifer Baichwal, filed a citizen’s petition to Parliament to ban glyphosate and to reduce pesticide use. Until January 13, 2023, residents of Canada can take action by signing Petition e-4127. It will be presented to Parliament and the Minister of Health must respond.
The petition is inspired by Baichwals’ award winning documentary, “Into the Weeds”, which opens the fall season of CBC’s Passionate Eye on Friday, September 16. It can be streamed on CBC Gem thereafter. It follows Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, a former groundskeeper who takes on Bayer, a multinational agrochemical corporation, after diagnosis of a terminal cancer linked to his exposure to Roundup.
An equally courageous person Member of Parliament, Jenica Atwin from Fredericton, has presented a private member’s bill to ban glyphosate. Bill C-287 calls for Parliament to amend the Pest Control Products Act “to prohibit the manufacturing, possession, handling, storage, transportation, importation, distribution or use of glyphosate.” It’s a simple but comprehensive call to action that parliamentarians can and should support.
With both Petition e-4127 and Bill C-287 in play, the glyphosate debate has moved to the political level. Every Member of Parliament can and should engage. We are asking you to engage too. If you reside in Canada, you are eligible to sign Petition e-4127.
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The Ban Glyphosate campaign has united our organizations and others in saying, enough! We've worked through regulatory and legal processes. We've been consulted ad nauseum, and we won't stop that work. But now we see a new path forward. Please join us in signing Petition e-4127. Mary Lou McDonald, President, Safe Food Matters Inc. Beatrice Olivastri, CEO, Friends of the Earth Meg Sears, Chairperson, Prevent Cancer Now