Grain Farmers of Ontario supports Health Canada’s decision on the re-evaluation of glyphosate

GUELPH, ON (January 16, 2019) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province‘s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario‘s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers, supports and commends Health Canada on confirming that glyphosate is not a risk to human health, including cancer, or a risk to the environment.

Health Canada regularly re-evaluates all pesticides to make sure they meet modern health and safety standards. This glyphosate statement was made by Health Canada to address eight notices of objection and public concerns following the Health Canada final re-evaluation on glyphosate in 2017.

“Glyphosate is an important tool for our farmer-members, and Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased that Health Canada and the Pest Management Regulatory Authority (PMRA) stands by their assessment of glyphosate from 2017,” said Barry Senft, CEO, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “This statement means that consumers can be assured that grain farming practises in Ontario continue to be safe for human health and the environment.”

This decision on glyphosate came after a thorough scientific review of relevant data from the federal and provincial government, all international regulatory agencies, scientific reports and pesticide manufactures. Findings include:

  • No pesticide regulatory agency in the world finds glyphosate a risk to humans at levels they are currently exposed.
  • Glyphosate is not a risk to human health, including the risk of cancer at levels humans are currently exposed.
  • Glyphosate does not cause an environmental risk of concern to; levels in water, impact on milkweed or monarch butterflies, or to soil microbes and soil chemistry.

Grain Farmers of Ontario thanks Health Canada and the PMRA for their work reviewing and verifying the data to support the safe use of glyphosate, as farmers and consumers rely on Canada’s science-based evaluations.

Contact

Barry Senft, CEO – 1 (800) 265-0550
Victoria Berry, Manager, Communications – (226) 820-6641; vberry@gfo.ca