You may have heard the term glyphosate floating around in the news recently. What is glyphosate, and what impact is it having on the Nova Scotian forestry industry? Glyphosate is a common yet controversial chemical found in aerial herbicide sprays. It is most often used in the forestry and agriculture industry. The chemical was introduced by Monsanto during the 1970s, and has enjoyed consistent popularity within North America’s forestry industry ever since. While glyphosate is approved by Health Canada and registered in over 130 countries, it is banned in Quebec and part of Europe due to rising concerns about the cancer-causing agents contained in the chemical. Here is some more information about how glyphosate is impacting the forestry industry in Nova Scotia.
At A Glance: Glyphosate Use in Nova Scotia
Glyphosate is commonly used throughout the Nova Scotian forestry industry. Glyphosate is used to encourage the growth of certain tree species by killing off competing species within a specific woodlot area. Critics argue that this approach to forestry leads to less resilient forests. An ecosystem that doesn’t have a wide variety of species is more vulnerable to be wiped out by environmental conditions, such as severe weather or bug infestations. Some forestry advocates argue that chemicals such as glyphosate make our forests less robust, which could have serious consequences in the future. For instance, research has shown that glyphosate use in Nova Scotia has significantly lowered the deer population throughout the province because glyphosate destroys hardwoods, which are the main source of food for deers. These negative environmental consequences makes glyphosate a controversial chemical within Nova Scotia.
What Does This Mean for Nova Scotian Woodlot Owners?
One of the most important debates in the Nova Scotian forestry industry in the past few years is environmental sustainability. How do we build woodlots that are both environmentally friendly and profitable for woodlot owners? Through eco-conscious practices and innovative woodlot management techniques, it is possible to build a sustainable woodlot that also contributes towards the forestry industry in the province. If you need support or guidance with silviculture, timber marketing, or creating a profitable and eco-friendly woodlot management strategy, contact the industry experts at H.C. Haynes today.