B.C. Ministry of Forests reduces the use of herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, in part to help the moose get enough food in the winter at B.C. Interior.
Glyphosate is applied to reforestated areas to suppress the growth of lime and other rapidly growing deciduous species and allows settled conifers to become established.
Forest Secretary Doug Donaldson said that reforestation policy is shifting and encouraging the cultivation of lime and other broad leaves in replant areas. Aspen is a major winter traveler for the babies who have fought in recent years.
BC. Party leader, Andrew Weaver, raised the issue in BK lawmaker this week, arguing that the ministry is spraying 16,000 hectares a year.
This is the total for 2015, Donaldson replied. By 2017 it has been reduced to 10,000 hectares, partly to improve the pastureland habitat and partly because the ministry's tree growing program produces harder conifers that compete better with other growth on their own.
"We have begun a two-year study to look at the effects of herbicide spraying on feed and fodder and on the nutritional quality of livestock mass," said Donaldson. "We expect the preliminary results to be available in 2019 and look forward to the implementation of this research based on scientific evidence."
Weaver is associated with the use of glyphosate in forest fires and beetle infections, due to the "uncultivated forests" encouraged by their use. He also renewed the longstanding argument about the risk of glyphosate cancer, noting that it has been banned in many European countries.
Donaldson said glyphosate has been approved for use by Health Canada for use in forestry across the country, with strict conditions, including safety belts for fish farms.
Donaldson reports that research is underway and the use of glyphosate (active ingredient in #Roundup) is decreasing as the forest ministry changes the type of forest land #bcleg pic.twitter.com/GQ9m6jCtGM
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One of the largest studies on the incidence of glyphosate and cancer comes from the Rural Health Study published this year as researchers have seen cancer rates for 50,000 people in the United States for 10 years. He found that "glyphosate does not statistically significantly correlate with cancer at any point.
"In this large prospective cohort study, no correlation was apparent between glyphosate and any solid tumors or lymphoid malignancies as a whole, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and its subtypes," the study concludes.