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Avoid the inversion: what producers can do

Knowing inversion conditions is the first step to avoiding pesticide misapplication. “The bad news: we have a thermal inversion to some degree just about every day during spray season,” said Jason Deveau of Ontario’s agriculture department. “When we have that very still air, or stagnation as they call it in the States, that’s a thermal[...]

How will U.S. glyphosate restrictions affect Canada?

Proposed U.S. restrictions on glyphosate could affect Canadian farmers, but it’s too early to speculate on the potential impact, says a University of Guelph weed scientist.
In late March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed a management plan for glyphosate to control the spread of herbicide resistant weeds. 
The EPA hasn’t released details, but an agency[...]

Canadian regulator finds glyphosate label use safe

Health Canada says glyphosate is not a risk to human health when used according to label directions.
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency issued a proposed re-evaluation decision in mid April on gly-phosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and the world’s most popular herbicide.
The agency said it considered data from product registrants, published scientific reports and data[...]

Group offers U.S. testing for herbicide feared linked to cancer

(Reuters) — An advocacy group seeking a ban on the world's most widely used herbicide said Wednesday it is launching a U.S. public testing project to gather data on detectable levels of the herbicide in drinking water, human urine and breast milk. The project, backed in part by organic organizations and critics of genetically modified[...]

Oat buyer says no glyphosate pre-harvest

Grain Millers, a major oat buyer in Western Canada, will no longer purchase oats if the crop has been desiccated with glyphosate. In an April 20 memo to Prairie oat growers, Grain Millers said the new policy was "driven by functional performance attributes of finished products manufactured from oats known to have been treated with[...]

Oat buyer says no to preharvest glyphosate

Grain Millers, a major oat buyer in Western Canada, will no longer purchase oats if the crop has been desiccated with glyphosate. In an April 20 memo to Prairie oat growers, Grain Millers said the new policy was "driven by functional performance attributes of finished products manufactured from oats known to have been treated with[...]

U.S. regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues

UPDATED: Monday April 20, 2015 - 0935 CST - (Reuters) — U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world's most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday, as public concern rises over possible links to disease. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense[...]

Syngenta sales fall feel effect of low commodity prices

ZURICH (Reuters) — Swiss firm Syngenta, the world's largest maker of crop chemicals, suffered a bigger than expected fall in first-quarter sales having been hit by low commodity prices, the strong dollar and a prolonged winter in the United States. The price of corn fell about 15 percent in 2014, on top of a decline[...]

Regulatory bodies insist corporate research OK

A blog posting on the Natural Resources Defense Council website summarizes why environmental groups distrust pesticide registration approvals. The blogger, Jennifer Sass, said the process lacks credibility because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reviews data provided by the crop protection industry. She calls the safety data is “restrictive,” “biased” and often “outdated” because the practices[...]

Researcher examines obstacles to ag innovation

Stuart Smyth wears a few hats: university professor, researcher and, most recently, blogger. Smyth has launched a website, saifood.ca, in which he tackles hot button issues in the agriculture sector. Think genetically modified flax, rising chemical use on prairie farms and new crop trait approvals. A recent post about A & W’s “better beef” campaign,[...]

Chinese citizens sue gov’t over report

BEIJING (Reuters) — Three Chinese citizens are taking China’s Ministry of Agriculture to court in a bid to make public a toxicology report supporting the approval of Monsanto’s popular weedkiller, Roundup, 27 years ago.
The case, a rare example of a lawsuit by private citizens against the Chinese government, comes amid renewed attention on glyphosate, the[...]

Customers entitled to their opinion

The adage “the customer is always right” is a short phrase with a long tail.
Consumers in the developed world are asking more from their food suppliers all the time. Some of the requests have legitimacy, such as when it comes to modern food safety and livestock handling practices that reduce animal stress. Others are just[...]

Glyphosate not a health risk: Health Canada

Health Canada says glyphosate is not a risk to human health when used according to label directions. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency issued a proposed re-evaluation decision yesterday on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and the most popular herbicide in the world. The agency said it considered data from product registrants, published scientific reports[...]

Public suspicious of pesticide registration process

A blog posting on the Natural Resources Defense Council website, summarizes why environmental groups distrust pesticide registration approvals. The blogger, Jennifer Sass, said the process lacks credibility because the United States Environmental Protection Agency reviews data provided by the crop protection industry. She calls the safety data is "restrictive", "biased" and often "outdated" because the[...]

Fears over Roundup herbicide residues prompt private testing

(Reuters) — U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world's most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease. The focus is on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. Testing has increased in the last two years,[...]