On September 9, 2018, Environmental Defence (ED), a Canadian environmental action organization, released a report (6 minute read), “What’s In Your Lunch: How a Harmful Weed Killer Finds its Way Into Your Children’s Food”. The report sets out the findings a study in which ED tested 80 foods commonly consumed by Canadian families for traces of glyphosate, a top-selling weed killer produced by Bayer (formerly Monsanto) which was declared a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer in 2015.
The report states, “In 2017, Health Canada decided to continue the registration of glyphosate for another 15 years. This decision has been critiqued by many groups because the evaluation failed to comprehensively consider evidence of risk and relied heavily on outdated and unpublished data provided by the pesticide industry”.
Health Canada, in order to “protect” Canadians from natural health products, is imposing stricter regulations on how they are labelled and the health claims that can be made about them. If natural health products, why not food? Where does the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) stand now when back in 2017 they asserted that Canada’s food is well protected from glyphosate dangers?
What do Canadians deserve to make informed decisions about what they eat?
To label or to ban glyphosate. Where do you stand?