Glyphosate spraying on local forests met with concern

By Scott Hayes
Jasper Fitzhugh
August 26, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Various environment-minded organizations raised their concerns to the Fitzhugh in light of West Fraser Mills’ plans to spray a glyphosate-based herbicide called VisionMAX on approximately 4,500 hectares of regenerated stands of forest in the Hinton and Edson areas.  “We do have significant concerns that I think mirror what’s going on in the science community,” said Tim Gray, executive director with Environmental Defence, a leading Canadian advocacy organization that focuses on clean water, safe climate and healthy communities.  “Most recently, we’ve been joining others in challenging the federal government’s decision not to review its widespread application and to not look at some of the ecosystem and human health impacts of its use.”  Glyphosate is best known as the active ingredient in Roundup, which was developed by Monsanto in the 1970s. Its effectiveness as a weed killer became well known, although glyphosate-resistant weeds have emerged.

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