August 20, 2019

‘Stop Spraying New Brunswick’ blames deer population decline on herbicides

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*Editor’s Note* – In the linked-to article below, there are some interesting graphics showing disparities in have harvest, both where herbicide spraying is done and by method of game harvest.

“The group said they’re concerned about the declining deer population in the province. Group member Peter Gilbert said there’s a link between the fewer number of deer and the use of the herbicide glyphosate in forestry management.

“Glyphosate is not the only factor involved in the decline of the deer population in New Brunswick, but it’s very indirectly the result that we get when we use glyphosate in forestry techniques that involve clear-cutting plantations. That speaks to total destruction of our environment [and] of our ecosystem, that all of the forest species, that all our population, is reliant on for subsistence,” Gilbert said.”<<<Read More>>>

Glyphosate (N-(phosphonomethyl)glycine) is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is anorganophosphorus compound, specifically a phosphonate. It is used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses that compete with crops. It was discovered to be an herbicide by Monsanto chemist John E. Franz in 1970.[3] Monsanto brought it to market in 1974 under the trade name Roundup, and Monsanto’s last commercially relevant United States patent expired in 2000.<<<Read More>>>

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