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Spraying of Vision Max not okay with organic farmer

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To the Editor:
With the issue of Vision Max (containing Glyphosate) spraying at hand I would like to share some information that I have found.

It seems that most exposure to this chemical is through farming and our food systems.  People have the choice to avoid this exposure by purchasing organic foods, and avoiding this chemical contamination.

In this instance, however, we have no choice in the matter.

I live in an area that is approved to be sprayed.  I am a mother of three vibrant healthy children, I have animals and I am working with the Dept. of Agriculture to become the first organic goji berry farmer in the Maritime region.  This is not OK with me.

I have done extensive research on this chemical and found some astounding studies that help link Glyphosate to human infertility and numerous chronic illnesses. Please feel free to forward this information to Northern Pulp or anyone else who might require more ‘scientific evidence.’

A group in B.C. was actually able to stop the spraying of Roundup (also containing Glyphosate) in an area by arguing that it was toxic to aquatic animals.  The group won their battle in the Supreme Court because they had enough scientific evidence to prove their point.  If this group was able to fight to save their frogs, maybe we can find a way to save our local ‘human’ population.

There are increasing numbers of nations choosing to ban products such as Roundup including El Salvador, the Netherlands and France, due to the toxic effects of the active chemical Glyphosate.

Millions of people in the United States and Canada have rallied against Monsanto and Syngenta in hopes to ban their products, but little action has been taken by governing bodies as of yet.  On a global scale, it has been noted that Canada tends to approve chemical products with less consideration than other european countries.

The CFIA has approved the use of Glyphosate, which is widely used in GM cropping systems.  Besides causing herbicide resistance in several weed species, and aquatic toxicity, this product has been found to cause several detrimental health issues.  Monsanto implies that Glyphosate can have no ill effects on humans because it is designed to attack plant cells, not animal cells; however, a recent study done in the United States provided enough evidence to conclude that Glyphosate can affect human gut microbia, which might actually be a co-factor in the manifestation of numerous human ailments including bowel disease, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, depression, ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, infertility and cancer to name only a few from the entire list given.
An excerpt from this paper explains their findings.

“Glyphosate’s mechanism of action in plants is the disruption of the shikimate pathway, which is involved with the synthesis of the essential aromatic amino acids, phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan. The currently accepted dogma is that glyphosate is not harmful to humans or to any mammals because the shikimate pathway is absent in all animals.

“However, this pathway is present in gut bacteria, which play an important and heretofore largely overlooked role in human physiology (11–14)through an integrated biosemiotic relationship with the human host. In addition to aiding digestion, the gut microbiota synthesizes vitamins; detoxify xenobiotics, and participitate in immune system homeostasis and gastrointestinal tract permeability.” (Samsel & Seneff, 2013)

Extensive studies posted in toxicology journals around the world are finding that the Glyphosate can be linked to cases of Aquatic toxicity (China, and British Columbia Canada), Kidney disease (Sri Lanka), Endocrine disruption (France) and Infertility (Canada, France, USA).  Glyphosate residues have been found in water, soil, edible plant material, urine, and breast milk.

Other studies link Glyphosate to lower testosterone levels, reproductive problems and testicular cell damage.  At low doses of (1 ppm glyphosate) exposure, testosterone levels in rat testicular cells dropped by 35 per cent (US National library of medicine, 2012) (Mesnage et al. 2013).  There have been other studies linking glyphosate with placental cell damage, and low sperm production.  Infertility rates for Canadians have nearly tripled in the past 30 years, and low conception rates in cattle are considered to be one of the greatest challenges facing dairy farmers today.

I am concerned that agricultural products such as Roundup or  Vision Max (containing Glyphosate) are connected to these tragedies  These products are unsafe, and the numerous consequences created by their existence (herbicide resistance, chronic diseases, water pollution etc.) are grossly underestimated by the CFIA.

It is my hope that the action of others such as the Netherlands will encourage Canada to follow in their footsteps toward a healthier future.  It took 60 years to ban DDT,  let’s not repeat our past mistakes.

Please stand up and say NO to chemical products containing Glyphosate, for the good of us all.
Thank you for your time.
Carey Allan
Nova Berry Farm

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