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Family Farm Documentary Was Part of Pesticide Lobby's Campaign to Change How You Think

The documentary opens onto beautiful blue skies, fields of wheat and a house on a farm in Saskatchewan, as country music plays in the background.

The Englots, a family growing wheat, soybeans and canola, discuss their day over morning coffee. Loretta, the mom will tend to her horse and the dogs, while dad Norman and son Luc will scout the field to check for weeds.

Father and son discover kochia, sow thistle and round-leaved mallow, three perennials common in Western Canada. “That’s a difficult weed,” Norman says about a patch of sow thistle. “They’re linked by the roots, and suck a lot of moisture.” 

Norman then explains, “we basically want to control the perennials before they get too big, and get out of control.” Guitar notes play as Norm and Luc get the crop sprayer out and head into the field.

As they turn on the sprayer, Norman wonders whether Luc is old enough to spray by himself now. “I can sit back pretty soon and watch him spray," he says.

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