It’s time for New Brunswick to listen to the evidence and ban glyphosate-based herbicides

Traditional territory of the Wabanaki Peoples/Fredericton — Every year, forest management companies spray glyphosate-based products over thousands of kilometres of New Brunswick forest, despite overwhelming public opposition fuelled by significant health and environmental concerns. 

The provincial government remains steadfast in its refusal to ban these products in the face of immense public pressure and mounting evidence linking glyphosate with harmful effects. The Conservation Council of New Brunswick is continuing its fight to ban glyphosate use. 

That’s why we have submitted a letter to the provincial government urging for a complete ban on glyphosate spraying and the use of harmful herbicides in our forests. This time, we hope decision-makers will finally listen to this staggering opposition and take action. 

“The provincial government’s steadfast refusal to ban glyphosate-based products, despite overwhelming public opposition and mounting scientific evidence of their harmful effects, is deeply concerning,” said Beverly Gingras, executive director of the Conservation Council of New Brunswick. 

“It’s time for our leaders to prioritize the health of our communities and the environment over the interests of industry.”

Glyphosate spraying is likely negatively impacting the health, resilience and biodiversity of Wabanaki (Acadian) forest watersheds. Contrary to industry claims, alternatives to glyphosate exist and have been successfully implemented elsewhere. Quebec stopped herbicide use in forestry over 20 years ago, and West Fraser, a major forestry company, recently announced the discontinuation of herbicide application in British Columbia. Clearly, forest management can be economically viable without herbicide use.

Additionally, the lack of consultation with Indigenous communities in the province is troubling, with some indicating that glyphosate spraying is “akin to eco-genocide.” The continued use of these products in New Brunswick forests is environmental racism, disproportionately impacting Indigenous peoples and infringing upon their inherent rights.

In light of these pressing concerns, let’s prioritize the well-being of our province and its communities by banning glyphosate spraying and the use of harmful herbicides in our forests. 

Beverly Gingras, Executive Director, Conservation Council of New Brunswick | | 506.458.8747

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