Health Canada says the potential risk to human health and the environment from pesticides containing glyphosate are acceptable, if used as directed in updated labels. The regulator published its re-evaluation on glyphosate, an herbicide sold under brand names such as Roundup and Vision…
[The following is directly from Health Canada’s re-evaluation web page.]
–Glyphosate is not genotoxic and is unlikely to pose a human cancer risk.
–Dietary (food and drinking water) exposure associated with the use of glyphosate is not expected to pose a risk of concern to human health.
–The environmental assessment concluded that spray buffer zones are necessary to mitigate potential risks to non-target species (for example, vegetation near treated areas, aquatic invertebrates and fish) from spray drift.
–When used according to revised label directions, glyphosate products are not expected to pose risks of concern to the environment.
–All registered glyphosate uses have value for weed control in agriculture and non-agricultural land management.
[The following is from the CBC article.]
Health Canada said glyphosate continues to be an important herbicide in Canadian agriculture and is the most widely used herbicide in the country.
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