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Stop Aerial Herbicide Spraying on the Sudbury Forest

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With the support of Health Canada, The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) approved aerial herbicide spraying over parts the Sudbury Forest and is slated to begin on August 15, 2015. They claim their efforts will “regenerate and protect Ontario’s forests.”

The herbicide VisionMax Pest Control Product (PCP), a Monsanto product containing glyphosate, the same chemical in RoundUp, and Garlon XRT PCP, another systemic herbicide containing triclopyr, will be used. Both are toxic to human, plant and animal life.

Canadians have been kept out of the loop for too long. We have a right to clean air, water, soil and forests. We need to respect and protect this beautiful land and all of it’s amazing plant and animal life. We have a voice. We need to speak up and stand together.

Please join and support this effort to stop the spraying of toxic herbicides.

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“Glyphosate is definitely genotoxic. (…) A genotoxic substance is one that can lead to mutations or other genetic changes in DNA that could cause cancer.”  

(Source: http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2015/07/monsanto-s-gmo-weed-killer-damages-dna#.Va0rb0YE_U4.facebook)

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has assessed the carcinogenicity of pesticides. A summary of the final evaluations together with a short rationale have now been published online in The Lancet Oncology. What were the results of the IARC evaluations? The herbicide glyphosate was classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A). 

(Source: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/iarcnews/pdf/MonographVolume112.pdf)

Glyphosate facts:

  • Glyphosate and glyphosate-containing herbicides caused genetic damage in laboratory tests with human cells, as well as in tests with laboratory animals. 
  • Glyphosate herbicides caused genetic damage and damage to the immune system in fish. In frogs, glyphosate herbicides caused genetic damage and abnormal development. 
  • Application of glyphosate herbicides increases the severity of a variety of plant diseases. 

Read more: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/ncap/pages/26/attachments/original/1428423381/glyphosate.pdf?1428423381 <https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/ncap/pages/26/attachments/original/1428423381/glyphosate.pdf?1428423381>
http://www.monsanto.ca/products/Documents/VisionMAXSilviculture.111.pdf

Triclopyr facts:

  • Triclopyr is a broadleaf herbicide used primarily on pastures, woodlands, and rights of way. Garlon 3A and Garlon 4 are brand names of common triclopyr herbicides. 
  • In laboratory tests, triclopyr caused an increase in the incidence of breast cancer as well as an increase in a type of genetic damage called dominant lethal mutations. Triclopyr also is damaging to kidneys and has caused a variety of reproductive problems. 
  • The ester form of triclopyr is highly toxic to fish and inhibits behaviors in frogs that help them avoid predators. Feeding triclopyr to birds decreases the survival of their nestlings. 
  • Triclopyr inhibits the growth of mycorrhizal fungi, beneficial fungi that increase plants’ ability to take up nutrients. Triclopyr also interferes with one step in the process by which atmospheric nitrogen is transformed by microorganisms into a form that is usable by plants. 
  • Triclopyr is mobile in soil and has contaminated wells, streams, and rivers. Contaminated water has been found near areas where triclopyr is used in agriculture, in forestry, on urban landscapes, and on golf courses. 

Read more: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/ncap/pages/26/attachments/original/1428423464/triclopyr.pdf?1428423464

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What you can do:

  1. Sign and share this petition – awareness is key! 
  2. Address your concerns by telephone, email or post mail to: 

France Gélinas, MPP (Nickel Belt), fgelinas-co@ndp.on.ca

Glenn Thibeault, MPP (Sudbury), gthibeault.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Attn: Tim Lehman, RPF, Management Forester
Sudbury District Office
3767 Highway 69 South, Sudbury ON
707-564-7875 or 1-800-667-1940 or tim.lehman@ontario.ca

Vermilion Forest Management Company Ltd

Attn: Doug Maki, RPF, Silviculture Forester
311 Harrison Drive, Sudbury ON
705-560-6363 or vfm@sudburyforest.com



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