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e-4127 (Agriculture)

E-petition
Initiated by Jennifer Baichwal from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Health

Whereas:
  • Glyphosate is Canada’s most widely sold pesticide used in agriculture as an herbicide and to kill crops for harvest, in forestry to kill unwanted target trees and vegetation, and as an herbicide on rights-of-way, commercial and residential grounds, golf courses, schools and other landscapes;
  • The result is residents of Canada, including infants and children, consume glyphosate residues in their food and water and are exposed to it while outdoors for recreation, occupational activities, hunting and harvesting;
  • The use of glyphosate harms aquatic and terrestrial species and causes loss of biodiversity thereby making ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change;
  • It endangers pollinators including wild bees and monarch butterflies and exacerbates wildfires since conifer-only forests burn faster and hotter than mixed forests;
  • In 2015, the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans”;
  • Glyphosate has been found to cause injuries to human health including harming cellular function and causing reproductive effects, hormone disruption, microbiome disruption and cancer; and
  • The Pest Control Products Act is referred to Parliament for review and Health Canada is conducting a transformation of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada,, call upon the Minister of Health to:
1. Ban the sale and use of glyphosate to protect human health and the environment; and
2. Develop a comprehensive plan to reduce overall pesticide use in Canada.
Open for signature
September 15, 2022, at 5:56 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
January 13, 2023, at 5:56 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Jenica Atwin
Fredericton
Liberal Caucus
New Brunswick
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