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Spring has sprung, along with the first delectable flowers of the season. As proud Canadian bees, we are getting busy with the job at wing: gathering nectar and pollinating plant species. But for years now, our frenzied dance has brought us into contact with the poisons that you humans use to coat your seeds or spray your fields. The name of this poison is neonicotinoids, but...
Actualité - 18 May 2018 - Tag : Advocacy, Neonicotinoid, Pesticides
Montreal, Monday, March 25, 2019 – Did you know that if we increased soil carbon stocks by a mere 0.4% per year, it would halt the annual increase of CO2 in the atmosphere? This proposal, made at the COP 21, would address soil health and fertility and represent a viable, promising solution in the fight against climate change.
Communiqué - 25 March 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, Sustainable agriculture
Budget 2019 Reaffirms Canada’s Commitment to Remove Subsidies to Oil & Gas, Yet Offers New Handouts to the Sector As IPCC clock counts down, propping up fossils increasingly risky and irresponsible, say environmental groups
Communiqué - 19 March 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, Federal budget
White rice or brown rice? Chicken or tempeh? Organic or local? Vegetarian or vegan? Habits change, and questions like these, which hardly ever used to come up, are now guiding our food choices. 2019 science cannot be more clear: healthy eating for humans is also healthy for the planet.
Actualité - 15 March 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, healthy eating
Let’s surround the National Assembly on Earth Day to send a strong message: Let’s stop going around in circles NOW! Members of the Collective* launch a call to action to young people
Communiqué - 12 March 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, Earth Day
Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide in the world. It is found everywhere: in the water, air, soil, rainwater, and even on our plates. Monsanto manipulated public science to downplay the cancer risk of its pesticide glyphosate. Recent revelations show that research biased by Monsanto was used in Canada’s re-assessment of glyphosate in 2017. Équiterre has been...
Actualité - 15 February 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, Alternatives to pesticides, Dangers of pesticides, Pesticides
Did you know that Quebec and Manitoba are the only provinces that don’t have a deposit refund policy in place for wine bottles? According to an SOM survey conducted in 2017, 91% of Quebecers would support such a policy. Last year, over 34,000 people signed a petition calling on the Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) to collect a deposit on glass bottles. The petition...
Actualité - 14 February 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, Recycled glass
Following the dismissal of a whistleblower at the ministère de l’Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l’Alimentation du Québec (MAPAQ) this week, the importance of having independent researchers for pesticide analysis is back in the news in Quebec.
Actualité - 31 January 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, Pesticides
We’ve just learned that the federal government has overpaid for the Trans Mountain pipeline *sigh*. Speaking of a bad use of taxpayer money, how about the billions of dollars of annual fossil fuel subsidies? To make this complex subject a bit more accessible - but not necessarily more cheery (sorry) - our Director of Government Relations, Annie Bérubé, spoke with Rose-...
Actualité - 31 January 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, fossil fuels, subsidies
Though it was a long time coming, Canada’s new food guide has been released to great acclaim and is being praised country-wide by advocates of local, healthy eating. In our work to encourage individuals and institutions to put healthy, local and sustainable food on their menus, Équiterre is one of those happy advocates. So how exactly does the new food guide align these...
Actualité - 31 January 2019 - Tag : Advocacy, Food choices