Even light doses of glyphosate can cause disease in organs later on, says a biologist opposed to spraying the herbicide to kill weeds and young hardwoods in New Brunswick and elsewhere.
"Glyphosate accumulates in all our organs," said Thierry Vrain, a soil biologist and former president of the International Federation of Nematology Societies.
The New Brunswick forest industry uses glyphosate to kill maple, oak and other hardwood growth, and by NB Power uses it to kill hardwood growth near transmission lines.
The main ingredient Roundup, glyphosate is also sprayed on farmland around the world, despite a finding by the cancer and water branch of the World Health Organization that it is "probably carcinogenic to humans.
I am totally against our province being sprayed with Glyphosate for many years now. Feel this will eventually be considered a second Agent Orange situation. Will those in charge ever learn?
It's too economical not to use and .......it works very, very well! The fact that it wipes out the host plants of our butterfly species, causes deer to migrate towards urban areas due to lack of browsing sustenance, toxic for birds on berries consumed, and "breaking news" may cause organ damage to mammals ,,,, is secondary news!? ..... apparently! Gullible humans/sheeple!
It's only another Monsanto product. Products that have a bad past history.
Climate change might rob this province of our common deciduous trees.
Why does a deterrent have to be used in the meantime, esp one that could have long standing effects on ecology and general health of species in NB, incl humans.
Because the forest isn't the peoples' forest anymore ... it's the GNB ( & associates) Forest Inc., and fast growing coniferous trumps slow growing coniferous in the returns department. The deciduous schlock ain't worth a wooden nickel in comparison ... nuke it - regardless of the long term consequences.
My concern(s) are more within the extent (or lack there of) of the testing of this herbicide. I think member Tony Mitra can clarify but don't think Health Canada has ever done any extensive studies on it, and the Monsanto backed testing was mostly done back in the 1980s on rats & mice ..... sans the additives and emulsifiers that help 'glue' it to it's target. Maybe some of the more scientific minds on this site can give their input and/or thoughts on the issue?