Text by Jean-Pierre Duford, spokesman for Agriculture and Forest Management. 

Data from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reveal an alarming situation: 37% of food of all kinds tested by the Agency contained traces of glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide.

Food samples were tested between 2015 and 2018, and more than a third contained glyphosate residues, including 0.5% that contained glyphosate above the permitted level (Radio-Canada). Glyphosate is now considered a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization.

The products most affected are cereal products, since Monsanto's glyphosate - known as Roundup - is registered for use in North America a week before harvest to facilitate and standardize harvesting.

The widespread use of this presumed carcinogenic herbicide has led to its spread into the general environment. Proof of this: traces of glyphosate are found even in certified organic products, in 24% of products tested by the Canadian agency. What's more, in 2001, glyphosate was detected in 38 % of water samples taken from Quebec rivers, while in 2017 it was found in 97 % of samples (La Presse).

The Green Party of Quebec supports the banning of all pesticides (and herbicides) on our territory by the year 2022. This ban will apply to both agriculture and urban centers. Scientific research is clear: pesticides are harmful to the health of humans, animals and biodiversity. Alternatives exist; permaculture, mechanical weed control systems and bioremediation are all solutions to pesticide problems. The agricultural industry is fully capable of adapting, and a Green government will be there to help with the transition.

Text by Jean-Pierre Duford, spokesman for Agriculture and Forest Management. 

Sources

PVQ. 2018. "The new green plan for Quebec." Green Party of Quebec (Accessed February 28, 2019)

Bergeron, Patrice. "Pesticides: a test for CAQ elected officials". La Presse (Accessed February 26, 2019)

Meneu, Gildas. February 20, 2019. "Glyphosate in our food." Radio-Canada (Accessed February 26, 2019)

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