Pesticides: “Politics must not interfere”, says Minister of Agriculture

Marie-Claude Bibeau admits to being surprised to learn that Health Canada wishes to become more tolerant of the residues of certain pesticides in food. It is a question of allowing more traces insecticide and fungicide in berries and herbicide glyphosate in legumes and nuts.

The Minister of Agriculture still understands why she was not informed. “It is normal that politicians are not called upon when it comes to regulation,” she said.

The government consultation and authorization process is criticized by scientists for its lack of transparency. Marie-Claude Bibeau says she is ready to study it with her healthcare colleague to see if improvements are possible.

“Give us some time to work, because we want to do things like a responsible government,” she explains.

On the other hand, the minister excludes any political intervention to oppose the current revision of the tolerances for pesticide residues in food.

We cannot imagine that in Canada politics interferes in regulation on a whim or on popular pressure. But it is a subject that is very sensitive and we share this sensitivity, I assure you.

A quote from:Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister responsible for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

According to the newspaper The Voice of the EastHealth Minister Patty Hajdu was also unaware of the proposed changes.

It is “not reassuring”, reacted the leader of the Bloc Québécois, Yves-François Blanchet.

Worrisome or not credible?

A quote from:Yves-François Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Québécois

Radio-Canada revealed on Thursday that the pesticide maker Syngenta is one of the applicants for the revision of tolerances, such as Bayer had done it for glyphosate.

Agriculture Canada is the other applicant for berries, in support of blueberry growers in British Columbia.

Marie-Claude Bibeau made it clear that her ministry does not necessarily support the idea. “It’s not a question of support. We follow a process, we transmit evidence, the analysis will be done by scientists. “

She promises news in the weeks and months to come.

With the collaboration of Jeremie Bergeron

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