Update: Due to backlash, Health Canada has paused proposed increases to Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs), including for glyphosate. As a result, there will be no increases to MRLs until at least spring 2022. Read the federal media release here.
This is great news, but the issue has simply been put on hold. We will continue to raise awareness about this matter and ensure increased MRLs do not get passed in the future.
Health Canada wants to increase glyphosate in food. Yes, in organic food too!
Even though organic prohibits the use of glyphosate, it’s still persistent in the air due to the prolific use of glyphosate in North America. Unintentional contamination is becoming more and more problematic and threatens the environment, our health and organic agriculture as a whole.
Under the proposal, 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).
Here’s how to get involved in this incredibly important issue:
Read this fact sheet to learn more about the proposal, why it’s happening, and why the organic industry should care.
Tell the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) what you think of PMRL2021-10.
Comments should have a scientific basis and reference the content of PMRL2021-10.
Share this message far and wide! This is an issue that not only affects organic integrity, but also human and environmental health.
As of July 22, over 200 submissions have been sent in so far. That’s a lot, but not nearly enough! We know this issue has reached tens of thousands of folks (if not more)–we’ve seen your comments and reactions on social media. Now, this is your golden opportunity to turn those social clicks into formal submissions!