Glyphosate on crops – not rocket science!

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Many thanks to Katharine Fletcher’s column “Worth knowing: EU debates glyphosate licencing” for sharing what our progressive European cousins are choosing for the sustainability of their land, families, and health. Banning the use of glyphosate is a brave act of integrity and foresight for today and the future.

Many thanks to Katharine Fletcher’s column “Worth knowing: EU debates glyphosate licencing” for sharing what our progressive European cousins are choosing for the sustainability of their land, families, and health. Banning the use of glyphosate is a brave act of integrity and foresight for today and the future.
The common mantra of misunderstanding propagated by the agro industry regarding this chemical is that it gives food security, renewability, keeps food costs low, and that without it, we would all suffer – fear based propaganda declared by companies who’s bottom line is profit. Of course this is not reality – it’s simply an adopted method, to which most farmers feel disempowered and controlled by industry, and don’t think they can farm any other way once in the system.
In Canada, we are so lucky to have an economy that has more demand than supply for chemical free food. We have local resources for farmers looking to change the way they manage their farms. This gives farmers their growing power back and out of the hands of companies unwilling to take responsibility for their products. Did you know Ottawa-based Canada Organic Growers (COG) have an actual manual for farmers, and resources and support for making the change to chemical free crops? The manual “…is intended for organic farmers as well as for producers who want to reduce their reliance on external inputs while improving knowledge of non-chemical weed management and natural methods to enhance soil fertility.”
It takes a huge amount of courage and determination for the farmer, but they have the opportunity to be role models for generations, and the community will support them. Regardless of what scientists say, do we want chemicals in our children’s mouths if we can help it?! It ain’t rocket science folks…

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