Health Canada: Is glyphosate safe or not?

Letter to the Editor

A recent news release by WCWGA (Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association) expressed their extreme pleasure with the latest report from Health Canada about glyphosate. Apparently Health Canada’s scientific reviewers have, once again cleared glyphosate for use in Canada.

WCWGA and many other farm groups and many scientists have long spoken out that glyphosate is safe and dismissed concerns by consumers about the safety of what they are putting in their mouths. Such concerns, we are told, are nothing more than unreasonable concerns caused by our scientific ignorance.

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Unfortunately for the songsters and their common song sheet, not all scientists or farm organizations are onside with glyphosate use.

There are a large number of scientists throughout the world who have done studies on farm animals fed with glyphosate contaminated GMO crops. Autopsies done on these animals have shown alarming abnormalities and health problems to be present.

There are also scientists whose studies raise concerns that the rising tide of autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and several other diseases is caused by the increasing use of glyphosate.

Consumers should also be concerned that, according to the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN), Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency rely on information and data submitted by companies requesting product approval. Kind of like putting the fox in charge of the chicken coop.

At the end of the day, it seems that WCWGA and others who support glyphosate and GMOs are not telling us the whole story and do not have a monopoly on the science of the matter.

Joyce Neufeld

Waldeck, Sask.

 

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