One of Monsanto’s popular weed killers is being added to California’s list of chemicals proven to cause cancer on July 7th, 2017.
Monsanto’s popular weed killer, Roundup, contains Glyphosate, an herbicide shown to be carcinogenic.
The listing is the latest legal setback for the seeds and chemicals company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate since the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said that it is “probably carcinogenic” in a controversial ruling in 2015.
Monsanto vows to fight this labeling with everything they’re worth. And what is a Monsanto product worth besides an early death and heightened risk of cancer.
“California’s decision makes it the national leader in protecting people from cancer-causing pesticides,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity.
“This is not the final step in the process, and it has no bearing on the merits of the case. We will continue to aggressively challenge this improper decision,” Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice president of global strategy, said.
Listing glyphosate as a PROVEN carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65 ensures companies are truthful about putting warning labels on packaging.
While this is a good measure, why is Monsanto and companies like them being allowed to sell products shown to cause cancer to families and mass farms alike?
People ranging from landscapers to farmers to vineyards to backyard gardeners use Monsanto’s Roundup or other similar products.
Would not using cancer causing products around small children be technically considered child abuse? How is it possible that it is illegal to kill someone in cold blood but legal to sell them a carcinogenic product? There is no difference between the two.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Monsanto has been hiding evidence for at least 35 years regarding the known link between chemical herbicides and cancer. Studies going as far back as 1981 suggest a clear link between glyphosate and cancer. But it took until 2017 to just get a few states to require Monsanto put a warning on their labels!
Furthermore, it’s not just Roundup that has been shown to contain carcinogenic ingredients.
Dicamba, a weed killer designed for use with Monsanto’s next generation of biotech crops, is under scrutiny in Arkansas after the state’s plant board voted last week to ban the chemical.
Monsanto continues to fight these attempts to warn potential buyers at the PROVEN cancer risks associated with their products. Accurate labeling is an up hill battle against giant corporation like Monsanto. But, in the meantime we can raise awareness and stop using these cancer causing herbicides regardless of whether or not Monsanto continues to try and make a few bucks by selling people misleading weed (and human) killers.
Source: Huffington Post