Pesticides

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Subpages: Herbicides | Glyphosate in Agriculture & Horticulture

“A pesticide is any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling or mitigating any pest. Though often misunderstood to refer only to insecticides, the term pesticide also applies to herbicides, fungicides, and various other substances used to control pests. Pesticides also include plant regulators, defoliants and desiccants.” (US EPA)

‘Strong and consistent effect:’ Research links common insecticide to bird harm
By Bob Weber in News, Politics | September 13th 2019 in www.nationalobserver.com

Combinations of 36 different pesticides found in thousands of dead birds’ nests
www.brusselstimes.com Sep 16, 2019 “A crowdsourced probe launched to determine what had killed thousands of newborn birds in Flanders and Brussels revealed traces of more than 30 different pesticides inside the chicks’ nests, the study showed.”

Former forestry worker makes desperate weedkiller plea after shock cancer news
ByMark Smith . 19 JUL 2019 in www.walesonline.co.uk

Montreal wants to ban use of herbicide glyphosate, calling it a public health issue
CBC News · Posted: Sep 05, 2019

New Study Shows Roundup Kills Bees
BY AUSTIN PRICE for sierreaclub.org | OCT 3 2018. The article cites this scientific publication: Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees, Erick V. S. Motta et al., 2018 PNAS 115 (41) 10305-10310. From Significance of the PNAS paper: “Increased mortality of honey bee colonies has been attributed to several factors but is not fully understood. The herbicide glyphosate is expected to be innocuous to animals, including bees, because it targets an enzyme only found in plants and microorganisms. However, bees rely on a specialized gut microbiota that benefits growth and provides defense against pathogens. Most bee gut bacteria contain the enzyme targeted by glyphosate, but vary in whether they possess susceptible versions and, correspondingly, in tolerance to glyphosate. Exposing bees to glyphosate alters the bee gut community and increases susceptibility to infection by opportunistic pathogens. Understanding how glyphosate impacts bee gut symbionts and bee health will help elucidate a possible role of this chemical in colony decline.”

Nova Scotia Environment Docs

NS Forestry Training Manual
NS Environment and Labour/ “Forestry pesticide applicators are required to have a basic knowledge of a wide range of applications. The Forestry Category includes the application of herbicides, insecticides, fungicides and animal repellents in various settings of forest management. This manual deals only with ground application techniques for forestry applications. Aerial application is contained in a separate category that has its own manual.

Applicator Core Training Manual
ATLANTIC CANADA PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING MANUAL SERIES Vol 1 “The Applicator Core is the basic information all applicators need to know about
applying pesticides safely and effectively. There are ten category specific modules that provide further information for applying pesticides in specific areas.”

Media Backgrounder Herbicide Management
July 2007. Focus on glyphosate, conditions for forest spraying etc