by Larry Powell (Opinion)
|A pesticide collection depot in Manitoba.|
A PinP photo.
It’s a record settlement in a Roundup case, so far.
In Canada, there are no signs of similar court actions, even though Roundup is generously applied here, too.
Sadly, our Canadian regulators seem far from vigilant in protecting the public against harmful chemicals. For example, less than a year ago, the PMRA re-registered a fungicide so its main uses can continue. That same product has just been banned in the EU as a possible carcinogen!
And the same corporation, Bayer, is busily registering (or trying to register) its latest insecticide for use, worldwide, including Canada. Never mind that scientists are questioning Bayer’s claim that it is not harmful to pollinators.
The PMRA has been stone-silent on my own requests to justify this apparent inaction in either of these cases. I call it governance by neglect.
It is to be hoped that punishing fines like this will eventually call this monstrous Corporation to heel and make it more accountable to the public good.