Grassroots group Stop the Spray raises public awareness to stop BC’s toxic forestry policy

Mandated, mass aerial glyphosate sprays pose huge climate and public health risks

Why It Matters

Climate change is increasing the rate and intensity of wildfires in B.C., but so are poor forestry practices. A forestry policy that mandates herbicide spraying poses wildfire risks and impacts public health.

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In 2010, employees of a forestry company made an unexpected house call to James Steidle, owner of an apiary and cattle farm in Prince George, BC (unceded lands of the Lheidli T’enneh). 

“They just kind of showed up one day saying they were going to spray around our property.” Steidle explains, “They told us, it’s just Roundup, don’t worry about it. And that they would just do a light pass. But we didn’t want them to spray because we had honey bees — and they did anyway.” 

It turns out, there was cause for worry.

Twelve years later, glyphosate contamination continues to b

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