Monsanto Reeling After California List’s “Roundup” As Cancer Causing

Monsanto’s spokesperson has answered the EPA’s decision with denials of the cancer causing claims.

 “glyphosate is an effective and valuable tool for farmers and other users, including many in the state of California. During the upcoming comment period, we will provide detailed scientific information to OEHHA about the safety of glyphosate and work to ensure that any potential listing will not affect glyphosate use or sales in California.”

It was reported:

California’s decision to place glyphosate on the toxic chemicals list is the first of its kind. As Dr. Nathan Donley of the Center for Biological Diversity said in an email to Ecowatch, “As far as I’m aware, this is the first regulatory agency within the U.S. to determine that glyphosate is a carcinogen. So this is a very big deal.”

Now that California EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has filed its “notice of intent to list” glyphosate as a known cancer agent, the public will have until October 5th to comment. There are no restrictions on sale or use associated with the listing.

Roundup has sparked discussion for years by those in the environmental community, watchdog groups who saw the monopoly it was creating with its genetically modified seeds to the Roundup that could solely be used as a herbicide to protect it.

Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready varieties — genetically engineered to tolerate large doses of the herbicide to facilitate blanket application without harming crops. Controversy has surrounded this practice for years — especially since it was found farmers increased use of Roundup, rather than lessened it, as Monsanto had claimed.

Monsanto has struck back, realizing this movement in California could spread to different states.  Less than a week after the World Health Organization issued its report, Monsantocalled for a retraction — and still maintains that Roundup is safe when used as directed”.



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