BREAKING NEWS… Dr. Cleary, NB’s Medical Officer of Health, to comment soon re: Kent County Glyphosate concerns

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For Immediate Release

August 10, 2015

Glyphosate herbicides cause cancer and other harms.
Government of New Brunswick’s head is in the sand. 

In collaboration with JDI and other major lumber companies, the Government of New Brunswick (GNB) kicks off its taxpayer-financed 2015 glyphosate spray program in our forests today. Commercial products based on glyphosate are used widely in New Brunswick for forestry management, and also for clearing roadsides and hydro-lines, and agricultural purposes. Relevant trade names include Forza, Vantage Forestry, Vision, Vision Max, and Roundup.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a scientific panel commissioned by the World Health Organization (WHO), reported in March 2015 that glyphosate herbicides cause cancer in human beings. Yet, the GNB website still says that WHO believes these sprays “do not pose a risk to humans, wildlife or the environment.”

“The smoking gun is a clear connection between workplace exposure and the incidence of “one rare cancer”: non-Hodgkins lymphoma,” says Ann Pohl, Spokesperson for the Kent County NB Chapter of the Council of Canadians. “New Brunswickers understand that anything that kills plants, like this stuff does, is not good for any of us. We live close to the land and water, relying on the natural environment for parts of our livelihoods. We know there is a link between poisons in the environment and cancer. Some days it seems like every second person in upcountry here has cancer. “

“The Government of New Brunswick seems to have its head stuck in the sand, denying the mounting evidence that these defoliants are not only carcinogenic but also dangerous in a multitude of other ways. Perhaps this is due to industry pressure,“ says Ms. Pohl. “I am scared by what I have recently learned about glyphosate, but I am truly alarmed about the health risks faced by my neighbours: the workers, mostly men, who are directly exposed to these chemicals. The Public Health Agency of Canada reports an exceptionally high incidence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma among men in New Brunswick, the same exact “rare” cancer correlated by IARC/WHO with glyphosate herbicides.”

“I have written Dr. Eilish Cleary, GNB’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, to ask her “opinion on the risks of the continued use of glyphosate herbicidal products,” says Ms. Pohl. “I am delighted to say that Dr, Cleary has already responded to my request to “acknowledge receipt” of my letter, and has said she “will reply in more detail in the not so distant future.”

A copy of the letter sent to Dr. Cleary is found here

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