Canada’s Largest Agribusiness Bans Pre-Harvest Glyphosate Spraying from Oat Supply Chains

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Canada’s largest agribusiness, Richardson International, will no longer accept oat crops that have been pre-harvest sprayed with glyphosate or any other chemical desiccants starting as of January 2021, Radio Canada International reported Wednesday. Richardson International is Canada’s largest agribusiness and is recognized as a global leader in agriculture and food processing. Based in Winnipeg, Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products. The Detox Project Director, Henry Rowlands, stated Thursday; “The Detox Project has been working for the last three years with food and supplement brands globally to stop the use of pre-harvest spraying using glyphosate and other chemical desiccants. We realize after extensive testing that the general public is mainly exposed to glyphosate through their diet because of the outrageous practice of pre-harvest spraying to ripen and dry crops such as oats, wheat and legumes. “We can now see some great successes from this work, as Grain Millers, Kellogg’s and now Richardson International have moved to ban the use of glyphosate as a desiccant in their supply chains,” Rowlands concluded. Last month, a newsletter to Canadian Prairie Oat Growers Association (POGA) […]

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