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

Claire Bernish
September 12, 2015

Roundup-cancer(ANTIMEDIA) Sacramento, CA —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 reportthat 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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'California Just Announced It Will Label Monsanto’s Roundup as Cancer Causing' have 12 comments

  1. September 14, 2015 @ 8:59 pm Susan Battée



  2. September 15, 2015 @ 12:26 am Nancy Battaglia

    I am thrilled to learn that Californians are finally telling the world the truth about Monsanto. In addition to giving us cancer, it is also killing the bees and the Monarch butterflies and probably the lady bugs which are also disappearing. This is indeed a victory for the people. Kudos to California t having the guts to do this.

    Now we need to get our Senators to pass a law requiring labeling on genetically modified foods (GMO’s) so we know what we are eating. Thank you for making this information available to us.


    • September 16, 2015 @ 7:31 am Kerry

      I think you have the herbicide glyphosate aka Roundup by Monsanto confused with the insecticide sulfoxaflor aka Transform by Dow. Did you realise that GMO’s lower the use of manmade chemicals?


      • September 17, 2015 @ 10:45 am farmer

        Kerry. Please. Did you even the read the article? It states that Monsanto’s GMOs have led to INCREASED use of toxic Roundup.


      • September 17, 2015 @ 12:35 pm The Lexington Streetsweeper

        Kerry, I believe that the use of man-made chemicals has more that quadrupled with the introduction of GMOs while the average yield per acre has fallen slightly. Better living through chemistry has long been a myth foisted upon us by Madison Avenue ad men.


      • September 19, 2015 @ 12:06 am Penni

        Kerry, I think you either need to wake up & smell the agent orange or go get paid for being a troll…


      • October 16, 2015 @ 7:51 pm joe

        Kerry, you are correct.. Either you live on a farm or get your info from a source other than FB.


      • October 29, 2015 @ 6:35 pm Sherry

        Kerry, GMO crops are genetically modified to use less chemicals. If using non GMO you would need to use much more chemicals to control weeds and insects. If we were to continue to plant non gmo crops there would be alot more hungry people. Food would be much more expensive. Human race could not survive without technology. Put your cell phone down and weed your garden and milk your cow.


  3. September 15, 2015 @ 1:01 pm Toni M.

    Waaahoooooo! It’s about time! Now lets get it out of our food supply!


    • September 16, 2015 @ 1:20 am Sue

      Agree! The last I heard poisoning people is an illegal act. When did it become OK to poison the vast majority of the public??


      • September 21, 2015 @ 11:08 am Lisa

        Became legal when corporations were allowed 1st amendment rights. This needs to be taught in HS every year and emphasized in college


  4. September 16, 2015 @ 6:28 pm Sheila Levin

    Good for CA. It would be more signicant if I hadn’t been tearing my hair out determining which of the chemicals, i.e., sucrose (table sugar) labeled,”This substance has been determined to cause cancer in the state of California” was actually safe to handle and didn’t have to be locked in the “toxin” cabinet.


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