California Just Announced It Will Label Monsanto’s Roundup as Cancer Causing

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California just dealt Monsanto a blow as the state’s Environmental Protection Agency will now list glyphosate — the toxic main ingredient in the U.S.’ best-selling weedkiller, Roundup — as known to cause cancer.

Under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 — usually referred to as Proposition 65, its original name — chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are required to be listed and published by the state. Chemicals also end up on the list if found to be carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a branch of the World Health Organization.

In March, the IARC released a report that found glyphosate to be a “probable carcinogen.”

Besides the “convincing evidence” the herbicide can cause cancer in lab animals, the report also found:

“Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the U.S.A., Canada, and Sweden reported increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustments to other pesticides.”

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.

Monsanto was seemingly baffled by the decision to place cancer-causing glyphosate on the state’s list of nearly 800 toxic chemicals. Spokesperson for the massive company, Charla Lord, told Agri-Pulse that “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.”

Roundup is sprayed on crops around the world, particularly with 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.

Less than a week after the WHO issued its report naming glyphosate carcinogenic, Monsanto called for a retraction — and still maintains that Roundup is safe when used as directed.

On Thursday, an appeals court in Lyon, France, upheld a 2012 ruling in favor of farmer Paul Francois, who claimed he had been chemically poisoned and suffered neurological damage after inhaling Monsanto’s weedkiller, Lasso. Not surprisingly, the agrichemical giant plans to take its appeal to the highest court in France.

It’s still too early to tell whether other states will follow California’s lead.

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  • Gearmoe

    I despise CA for their progressive base, how it infects other States and attacks Rights. It appears they may have done something right? On the other hand, if you are too stupid to recognize poison is for killing things and you may friend are a “thing,” you might not be too smart.

    • AugUst

      thats because they know a % of People would use roundup on them as they take away from the People they give Posing to the same People in food water and Air

    • NonYo Business

      Food Grown in CA is likely on your dinner plate. Just saying. Labelling helps everyone.

      • Reverend Draco

        California produces a sizable majority of many American fruits, vegetables, and nuts: 99 percent of artichokes, 99 percent of walnuts, 97 percent of kiwis, 97 percent of plums, 95 percent of celery, 95 percent of garlic, 89 percent of cauliflower, 71 percent of spinach, and 69 percent of carrots. . .

        This is not a comprehensive list by any means.

        • NonYo Business

          Well done 🙂

    • none

      This should balance out the drought in California!
      It has nothing to do with the snail dater. Not building any new dams since the 70’s.

  • Mike

    Wait, commiefornia actually did something right? Watch out folks that 12.0 is gonna hit sinking them into the ocean.

    • BW83

      It’s not over yet. There’s still plenty of time for this to get messed up by corporate interests. It took how long for tobacco again?

      Monsanto won’t go down without a big fight, rest assured.

      Either way, a good step for sure. I don’t think it’ll lead to a large short-term difference, but getting word out can’t hurt.

      • sunshine

        Tobacco in and of itself isn’t bad. It has medicinal properties, but like everything….in moderation, and not processed the way the corporations process it.

        I read a very interesting few pages of a thread about it (it’s really a thread about how porn is bad for you but this is an interesting derail although I recommend the whole thread…and even the site)

        Kind of a little off topic but something to perhaps consider.

        • BW83

          I agree, as a plant it’s nowhere as terrible as it’s made to be. Corporations used chemicals to increase profits and altered it in other ways. It was advertised by doctors even. Then, after enough of a fight the veil was pulled back.

          I see the same thing coming with roundup. Whether it’s the beginning, or the beginning of the end only time will tell, but Monsanto won’t take this laying down.

    • If you are talking about a 12.0 Richter earthquake, that would more likely liquify the entire west coast, killing people by turning the land under their feet into quicksand.

  • I just hope this info isn’t satire.

    • Someguy

      Probably a little morsel of hope to be crushed later as per the usual.

  • Reverend Draco

    Appears that you have education cancer.

  • Reverend Draco

    Saw a Prop. 65 warning on the drive-up window at the local McDonald’s. . . thought to myself, “It’s about damned time.”

  • OK, this is the silver bullet we need to kill the Monsanto vampire. Now it remains to be seen if someone will provide the propulsion needed to do the deed.

  • Howard Davis

    I never buy Californian wine ,

  • ynottony

    Oprah Winfrey & The Oprah Winfrey Magazine: Did you hear that? – By promoting Monsanto in the Oprah Winfrey Magazine; Are you encouraging people to live their “Best Life” while indulging in cancer?