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Traditional Ecological Practice Threatened by Herbicide

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By Laurie Milne January 9, 2017 - 11:28am

Anthropology 272 students may find a recent article in the Globe and Mail of interest.  "Herbicides hindering Northern lifestyle" discusses the concern of northern Ontario First Nations over the forestry use of glyphosate.  This Monsanto product is applied through aerial spraying to destroy unwanted undergrowth that stifles the early growth of coniferous trees which are commerically harvested.  It also kills many of the plant and animal species that First Nations harvest for food.  WHO's International Agency for Cancer Research has stated it is "probably carcinogenic to humans".

Raymond Owl, A First National elder from Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation,  co-founded an organization called the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Elders Group to protect a large swath of forest along the northern shore of Lake Huron between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury.  The group continues to pressure government and industry officials regarding the use of the herbicide.


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