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CFIA glyphosate testing shows Canada’s food is safe

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s tests on glyphosate residues in food show what those who follow the science had expected — Canada’s food is well protected. Said Aline Dimitri, the CFIA’s deputy chief food safety officer and executive director, “…what this (report) is saying to us is that the Canadian food system is safe.” But[...]

Agriculture should be seen as positive

There are some organizations that don’t like modern agriculture. I really don’t understand why. My personal hero is Dr. Norman Borlaug, who led the green revolution, which lifted millions of people out of poverty and provided food for millions more who would have otherwise starved. The green revolution and the many innovations that have followed[...]

Wheat, oats not included in CFIA glyphosate tests

Canadians wanting to know how much glyphosate is in wheat flour or oatmeal will have to wait until next year. That’s because a recent Canadian Food Inspection Agency survey of glyphosate residues omitted wheat and oats. The CFIA published a report on glyphosate residues in food two weeks ago that tested 3,188 food samples in[...]

Glyphosate levels ‘not a safety issue’

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency released a report on glyphosate residues in food last week, and the headlines were not positive. Global News and other media outlets said CFIA scientists found glyphosate in nearly 30 percent of Canadian food samples. The headlines were accurate, but did they reflect the actual health risk to Canadians? Aline[...]

Farm groups positive about glyphosate report, but some concerns raised

For Cam Dahl, the key message to Canadians about glyphosate residues is simple: the system works and food is safe.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency published a summary last week based on two years of testing food for glyphosate residues. The CFIA found that 1.3 percent of 3,188 food samples exceeded the maximum residue limits.
“The most[...]

Glyphosate residue results a matter of perspective

“Oh my God, there’s gly-phosate in our food,” many consumers said after hearing the results of a residue study by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. 
Meanwhile, many people in agriculture looked at the same results and said, “wow, this is good news. Residue levels are almost all below the stringent tolerances.”
It’s all a matter of[...]

Hot air, lasers, irradiation scrapped; researchers decide on electrocution

Unlike previous attempts at using electricity to destroy weeds, this method passes through the root and then the soil Steel might not be the only way to kill weeds without chemicals. “A decade or so ago we looked at high energy microwaves for weed control alternatives,” said Ken Greer of Western Ag in Saskatoon. The[...]

Twilight of the freedom to farm?

Are we living in the twilight of farmers' freedom to farm? Until the last few years farmers have been able to choose their crops, choose their methods and choose their products and tools based almost entirely on their own choices and decisions. It's always been the way, until very recently. And it's still the way,[...]

CFIA downplays gylphosate residue findings in food

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency released a report on glyphosate residues in food (PDF format) last week, and the headlines were not positive. Global News and other media outlets said CFIA scientists found glyphosate in nearly 30 percent of Canadian food samples. The headlines were accurate, but did they reflect the actual health risk to[...]

Gaining trust difficult when public lacks information

Consumers are always right, even when their views make no sense at all. Among farmers, there’s a growing tendency to despise the nonsensical opinions that are gaining strength among consumers, but maybe we should just pity them for all the conflicting information they receive. A couple years ago, this issue was called social licence. Agriculture[...]

CFIA not releasing glyphosate food study details

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been testing samples of food and grain for residues of glyphosate since the spring of 2015. However, when the agency releases its testing results, sometime in the next two months, the report will not contain detailed data on glyphosate residues in food. “The report will not include raw data,[...]

Excessive glyphosate levels found in 1.3 percent of food samples: CFIA study

CORRECTION - The headline of this story originally stated glyphosate was found in 4 percent of food samples. The correct number is 1.3 per cent of food samples. Glyphosate was found in 4 percent of grain samples. Health Canada has found that glyphosate exceeds maximum residue limits in grain products about four percent of the[...]

CFIA not releasing glyphosate-food study details

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has been testing samples of food and grain for residues of glyphosate since the spring of 2015. However, when the agency releases its testing results, sometime in the next two months, the report will not contain detailed data on glyphosate residues in food. "The report will not include raw data,[...]

Glyphosate-free label unveiled in U.S.

Food label claims have become about as rare as air molecules. Seemingly, every food item in the grocery store is either free range, free run, humanely raised, organic, GMO-free and of course, gluten-free. But a label officially launched in March and now on the market might generate more controversy than any of the previous claims.[...]

CFIA results on glyphosate testing apt to be controversial

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is about to release a report that could change the public perception of glyphosate.
Since 2015, CFIA scientists have been testing food for residues of glyphosate, a product best known by the Roundup brand name, although other brands and generic exist. It is the most popular herbicide in the world.
In 2016,[...]