California Lists Glyphosate as Cancer Agent, Ag Coalition Fights Back

November 16, 2017 02:32 PM
 
A group of agricultural groups, including glyphosate manufacturer Monsanto, are joining together to challenge California’s listing glyphosate as a substance “known to the state of California to cause cancer."

A group of agricultural groups, including glyphosate manufacturer Monsanto, are joining together to challenge California’s listing glyphosate as a substance “known to the state of California to cause cancer” under its Proposition 65. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Under Proposition 65 any product containing glyphosate or any product with even trace amounts of glyphosate will be required to include a warning label to sell those products in 2018. The ag coalition says this label is “misleading” and “false” and will impact several companies, farmers and food products that come into contract with these products.

The agricultural coalition is led by the National Association of Wheat Growers, the National Corn Growers Association, Associated Industries of Missouri, Iowa Soybean Association, Agribusiness Association of Iowa, Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Missouri Farm Bureau, North Dakota Grain Growers Association, South Dakota Agri-Business Association, the United States Durum Growers Association and Western Plant Health Association.

California placed glyphosate in Proposition 65’s list of cancer-causing substances in July 2017  based on a controversial report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. That report has been challenged by EPA, European Regulators as well as other regulatory bodies around the world—all have said glyphosate is safe to use.  Earlier this week that conclusion was reinforced by the “largest epidemiological study ever conducted” on glyphosate was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which said there is no link between glyphosate and cancer.

Listing glyphosate under Prop 65 violates the First Amendment, which protects individuals and businesses from compelled false speech,” Monsanto says in a recent press release. “Under the unjustified Prop 65 listing, glyphosate manufacturers and distributors, agricultural producers and food companies could be compelled to label their products with a warning known to them and to the scientific community to be false.”

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joe
pocatello, ID
11/16/2017 04:45 PM
 

  sue californias behind.

 
 
Michael Fons
Oceanside, CA
11/16/2017 08:30 PM
 

  If you search ScienceDirect site for Roundup and Sperm you can find numerous studies that all come to the same conclusion, which is that Glyphosate exposure causes significant reduction in sperm count, as well as significant increase in abnormal sperm. Prop 65 warning is not only intended to warn customer about cancer causing chemicals, but also chemicals that cause reproductive harm. Since Glyphosate clearly causes reproductive harm by means of reducing sperm count, it should remain on the Prop 65 list in my opinion.

 
 
Chuck
Fresno, CA
11/17/2017 01:44 PM
 

  Michael- You should actually read those "numerous studies." Not a single one supports the claim that actual human dietary or occupational exposures reduces sperm count or increases sperm abnormalities. If you disagree, which I assume you do, please cite the one study you find most compelling and I will take another look at it.

 
 
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