Petition: Tell Canada we need stronger
laws to protect us from harmful
pesticides in our food
Canadians don’t want pesticides on their dining tables. A national poll in 2017, conducted for a coalition of health and environmental groups, found that fully nine in 10 Canadians are concerned about pesticide residues in food.
That’s why so many people took notice when recent testing of food samples turned up evidence of the widely used pesticide, glyphosate, in common foods such as Cheerios, Kraft Dinner Original Mac and Cheese, Catelli Healthy Harvest Multigrain Spaghetti and Tim Horton’s sesame seed bagels. Glyphosate, a top-selling weed killer used on agricultural crops, has been linked to cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an agency of the World Health Organization of the United Nations.
Despite these concerns, Health Canada decided in 2017 to approve the use of glyphosate for a further 15 years. But now there are new worries that their re-evaluation may have been based, in part, on studies that the pesticide manufacturer had an uncredited hand in preparing.
If we are going to keep our food supply safe and avoid exposure to harmful pesticides, Canadians need a new review of risks associated with glyphosate and a stronger process for evaluating pesticide risks.
Tell the federal Ministers of Health and Environment that we want action now to protect children’s health.
To: Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
Canadians want stronger laws to protect us from harmful chemicals that are increasingly contaminating our food, water, air, and the products that we use every day. It is past time for Canada’s laws to align with today’s science and international action on toxic chemicals and pesticides.
I urge the federal government to take immediate steps to reform two of Canada’s cornerstone laws that govern the regulation of pesticides and toxics: the Pest Control Products Act (PCPA) and the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA).
Specifically, please reform the PCPA to fix the pesticide approval process and reduce the harmful use of (and our exposure to) pesticides. Adopt the recommendations of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development to reform CEPA and better protect us from toxics in consumer products like cosmetics and cleaning products. Please take immediate action on chemicals of high concern, including glyphosate and bisphenol A (used in some food packaging and cash register receipts), by banning harmful uses of these substances.