“The U.S. EPA now needs to step up and acknowledge that the world’s most transparent and science-based assessment has linked glyphosate to cancer”.
While Monsanto’s appeal is still pending in California’s Fifth District, the state Supreme Court rejected Monsanto’s request that the ruling in question be delayed while the appeal is sorted out.
When a chemical is listed as being a known carcinogen, companies selling the product in California must add warning labels to their packaging.
California will add glyphosate, the main ingredient in agro-chemical giant Monsanto’s weed spray, to a “list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer”, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced Monday.
Being on the list means that bottles of the herbicide sold in stores in California will have to clearly label their relation to the list, and will advise residents that using the product is associated with an increased risk of cancer. State officials received more than 1,300 public comments. “We’re reviewing those comments”.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization had declared glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in March 2015.
Shown is a almond tree farm in Firebaugh, California.
Glyphosate has no colour or smell. Almost all the corn, soy, and cotton now grown in the United States is treated with glyphosate.
Attorney Michael Baum, who represents more than 300 people who claim a loved one became sick or died from exposure to Roundup, says the fight to protect Californians is not over.
The state was cleared to move forward with its decision earlier this year to list glyphosate after a court denied Monsanto’s efforts to postpone the listing pending the outcome of the pesticide company’s legal challenge of the decision.
He said that the state’s failure to set the proper risk level would undermine protections California put in place by listing harmful chemicals.
Scott Partridge, Monsanto’s vice-president of global strategy, said in a statement that glyphosate does not cause cancer and there’s no need to list it as harmful in California.
Meanwhile, 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.