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California Deems Weed Killer Cancerous

Dorathy Gass

Health officials in California are taking a stand when it comes to herbicides, stating they may cause cancer, and are in the process of demanding warning labels to alert the general public.
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) recently revealed that glyphosate will be placed on the state’s list of chemicals that could result in cancer. This herbicide is a major ingredient in weed killers, much like the popular one out there known as Roundup.

The state lists chemicals of a carcinogenic nature, due to a law known as Proposition 65. This commands that businesses are required to offer warnings to those within California around the dangers of exposure to chemicals that can cause birth defects, other reproductive issues, as well as cancer.

The decision to add this herbicide to California’s list comes via an assessment done by the International Agency for Research on Cancer that revealed it was most likely carcinogenic. Still, those at Roundup disagree. The VP of Global Strategy at Monsanto, the company that produces Roundup, Scott Partridge recently stated the herbicide does not cause cancer and that listing it under Prop 65 is not needed, based on science and law.

CNN reported that Monsanto has launched a lawsuit against OEHHA to halt the addition of glyphosate on the list, however the state’s Supreme Court rejected this request.

Still, over 800 patients are suing the company, stating Roundup caused them to develop cancer. An internal email from Monsanto revealed that an official from the EPA had stated they could stop a separate investigation into the herbicide. As per reports, this EPA official was apparently the lead when it came to the organization’s Cancer Assessment Review Committee, and has retired.

The company that produces Roundup continually insists that glyphosate is safe. In fact, they have stated that over 800 studies, including ones that have been done internationally, have revealed that the herbicide is okay to use.

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