The Agricultural Alliance of New Brunswick (AANB) and Bleuets NB Blueberries (BNBB), which represents and serves the province’s blueberry growers, are opposing plans by the Liberal, Green and People’s Alliance parties to ban the use of the herbicide glyphosate.
The AANB, which represents around 800 farmers in the Canadian province, have stated that the move would “deeply affect a wide variety of New Brunswick farmers who grow crops such as potato, fruits, vegetable, cereals, pulse, corn, canola and soybean.”
BNBB also made its stance public through a press release Wednesday, saying local government “should not be able to dictate the use of approved pesticides by Health Canada. We believe it will greatly harm the Wild blueberry industry, as producers use glyphosate as a tool in the production of blueberries.”
AANB President Lisa Ashworth told Huddle while it’s interesting that agriculture is being discussed in the lead-up to the September 14 provincial election, she says the debate around glyphosate should be “based on science, not emotion.”