Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum, non-selective herbicide that is most commonly used as a weed killer. First introduced by Monsanto as the active ingredient in their herbicide, Roundup, the product is used by many, including farmers on crops and home gardeners in their backyards.
Glyphosate is registered in Canada for spraying on the following crops after they’ve started growing: wheat, barley, oats, chickpeas, flax, lentils, mustard, dry beans, canola (GM), peas, soybean (GM), faba beans. Scientific studies have shown that when glyphosate is used on crops that are not physiologically mature, this results in an accumulation of glyphosate residues in the seeds of the crops.
This means glyphosate’s presence can be found in our food, our water and where our children play.
Glyphosate poses an unacceptable risk to human health. The World Health Organization has concluded that glyphosate is a probable carcinogen to humans. But in spite of this science-backed conclusion, glyphosate continues to be used widely in Canada and around the world.