Stop the Spray

The herbicides Vision, Vision Max, and Vantage are scheduled to be sprayed in several counties in Nova Scotia & New

Brunswick this summer and fall. Spraying may be being carried out where you live. The government issues permits each year across the province for herbicide spraying of this kind. Spraying herbicides on softwood plantations is done to kill off hardwoods..

The active ingredient in the herbicides Vision, Vision Max and Vantage, glyphosate, has been linked to respiratory problems, birth defects, miscarriage, and cancer, and has also been shown to be toxic to fish and persistent in the soil. Act quickly to send a message that you don't want this chemical sprayed on your forests!

Please help us to stop this unnecessary practice!

Take action to stop spraying our forests !




Which pesticides are most harmful?

The results of the systematic review do not help indicate which pesticides are particularly harmful. Exposure to all the commonly used pesticides — phenoxyherbicides, organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethrins — has shown positive associations with adverse health effects. The literature does not support the concept that some pesticides are safer than others; it simply points to different health effects with different latency periods for the different classes. Triazine herbicides increased breast cancer risk (3). Carbamate and phenoxyherbicide exposure increased lung cancer risk (4). Spraying of an organophosphate during pregnancy caused deterioration in placentas (5). Indoor use of insecticides was associated with brain cancer and acute lymphocytic leukemia in children (6, 7). Six pesticides, including 2,4-D and Dicamba, were associated with increased time to pregnancy (8). Fungicide exposure had positive associations with dermatitis (9, 10, 11).

Some more surprising positive associations were found for pesticides that are considered less toxic in acute poisoning settings. For example, pyrethrins were associated with chronic psychiatric effects (12), chromosome aberrations (13), rashes in licensed pet groomers (14), and intrauterine growth retardation, which is a major determinant of health in the first year of life (15). The herbicides glyphosate and glufosinate had associations with congenital malformations (16, 17). Parental preconception exposure to glyphosate was associated with late abortion (18).


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