12 July, 2021
Dear Organic Supporter,
Health Canada Wants to Increase Glyphosate in Food (yes in organic food too!).
Health Canada has extended the deadline for the Consultation on Glyphosate, Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2021-10! As of 20 July 2021, the period for which comments can be submitted on this consultation has been extended by an additional 45 days from the date of publication. This is based on the level of interest and number of comments received to date, in addition to delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to everyone that made a submission!
The organic community has spoken loudly on this issue. SaskOrganics was cc’d on many responses to Health Canada, and we thank you for that. Now there is more time to have your say on this important issue. Keep them coming!
The new deadline to submit comments is now 3 September 2021 (120 days from the original date of publication).
The Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is proposing to increase the amount of glyphosate (e.g., Roundup®) permitted in Canadian food, as outilined in the Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2021-10, Glyphosate. Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) may be doubled, tripled or almost quadrupled for oats and bran, lentils, peas and 25 types of beans such as chickpeas, kidney beans and pinto beans, as well as nuts (almonds, pecans and walnuts, mostly coming from the US).
|| Current MRL (ppm)
|| Proposed MRL (ppm)
| Oats and bran
Non-organic farmers are using more glyphosate-based herbicides (GBHs). This amounts to regulation of the status quo.
Why should the organic industry care?
Organic standards prohibit the use of glyphosate yet it is persistent in the air due to non-organic farmers prolific use of glyphosate in North America. Unintentional contamination is becoming more and more problematic and is addressed under the following protocol to acknowledge that contamination is possible. As the testing protocol for organic products is based on 5% of the MRL, the proposed increase to the national MRLs for the above products means that organic products will have an increased allowance of glyphosate permitted. This is a move in the wrong direction allowing more contamination in organic products and allowing more prolific use of glyphosate into our food supply as well as affecting soil health and pollinators.
Whose food will be most affected?
- Canadian children. Glyphosate in childrens’ cereals (in oats and bran) are already at significant levels.
- Organic consumers purchasing organic food to avoid pesticides for health or ethical reasons.
- Vegetarians, vegans and everyone who gains protein from non-organically grown legumes and nuts are at risk of consuming more glyphosate.
The organic sector needs to act now to prevent this increase of Maximum Residue Levels from occurring! September 3 is the final deadline to submit your feedback.
SaskOrganics sent a letter on July 12th. You can read our response here. The information outlined in the SaskOrganics Letter or this fact sheet will provide you with information you can use as a basis for your submission.
DEADLINE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS – September 3rd
Tell the PMRA what you think of PMRL2021-10.
Email your comments to email@example.com, or comment online, on “Proposed measures” for PMRL2021-10.
Feel free to CC the following in your responses!
LET’S KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING!
Please SHARE/FORWARD your comments to elected officials, and push them for a response:
– The Minister of Health, Patty Hadju at: Patty.Hajdu@parl.gc.ca
– The Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson: Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca
– The Minister of Agriculture and Agr-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau: at Marie-Claude.Bibeau@parl.gc.ca
– Your MP, with Contact Details here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Members/en
Comments should have a scientific basis and reference the content of PMRL2021-10.
Thank you for your time and participation in this important effort.