International activist group, Avaaz, working to ban glyphosate in Canada, other countries

| | November 23, 2016
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In the September issue of Country Guide I wrote about the Avaaz movement’s effort to ban glyphosate in “The Target is Glyphosate“. … The prestigious Guardian newspaper says Avaaz … is the world’s most powerful online network of environmental activists.

In just five years, Avaaz has amassed a membership of almost 44 million people, and it is still growing. …one of their key objectives is to force glyphosate off the market.

Reader reaction to my initial column ranged from a real fear that glyphosate is in danger to a sort of dismissal that such a ban could ever happen here.

Unfortunately, it is already happening in countries around the world, and the list keeps get longer… and closer to our agriculture…

Related article:  IARC assessment of glyphosate only served to confuse policy makers, public

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Importantly, activists in those countries are getting inspiration from Canada.

…[E]ight of 10 Canadian provinces have in place some form of restriction on the use of non-essential cosmetic pesticides including glyphosate….

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“Canadian farmers rely heavily on export markets,” AFA’s board also said. “Glyphosate bans in any of the countries that we currently do business with could drastically change how we operate.

“This is our livelihood,” the AFA board said. “We cannot allow organizations like Avaaz to be the loudest.”

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: The other glyphosate ‘resistance’

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