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Vancouver, Toronto continue to battle invasive weeds with Roundup after Health Canada rejects glyphosate-cancer link

| | November 5, 2019
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The City of Vancouver uses the controversial Roundup herbicide. More than 42,700 Americans sued its maker, Monsanto-Bayer. They say that Roundup would have caused cancer or other health problems they suffer.

The City is using the product to fight Japanese Knotweed, one of the most widespread invasive plants in the world …. Japanese knotweed is one of the most widespread invasive plants in the world. It proliferates especially along the rivers.

Vancouver is not alone in using this herbicide. Toronto also uses Roundup. In January, Health Canada reiterated its position on this issue: herbicides containing glyphosate, such as Roundup, are safe if used appropriately.

In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization released a report classifying glyphosate as probably carcinogenic to humans.

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Allegations of health problems caused by Roundup have resulted in numerous lawsuits in Canada and the United States. However, for several experts and toxicologists, the study is based on a questionable methodology ….

According to [Murray Isman, toxicology expert at …. the University of British Columbia], the skyrocketing number of lawsuits against Monsanto-Bayer results from the fact that Americans are quick to file lawsuits, rather than a symptom [of a] scientific or toxicological problem.

[Editor’s note: This article was published in French and has been translated and lighted edited for clarity.]

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