roundupcancercausingSacramento, 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 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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  1. It is our Corrupt Governments Fault that Monsanto is still poisoning the Earth, Food, And Causing all known Cancers and Plagues of the 21st Century…It has been known that Monsanto has spent 6.5 Billion Dollar’$ in 2015 in special interest kick back paid to FDA, USDA, Congress, and Senator’s
    and the head of the FDA was once a employer of Monsanto… Talk About Corruption. MONSANTO has been killing for years since its earliest days then in VietNam Monsanto produced Agent Orange which was sprayed on Jungles as a Defoliant and Recently Roundup is the same thing which killed Human Life and Soldiers that fought in those jungles…My Uncle just died of Lung Cancer related to Agent Orange,,,Do you know when Monsanto will stop spraying our food with Poison? When there isn’t a person alive to buy that tainted food. A Modern Day Plague. or Armageddon…All our corrupt government for a Buck!

  2. In fact there are no studies. . . at all that back this up! Glyphosate is soap. I have heard of severe allergic reactions to soap but that is all. If I were you I would be much more concerned about all the deaths caused by Dihydrogen Monoxide. It is the primary component in acid rain (which makes glyphosate seem like soda pop), it has been responsible for more human deaths (not animals, humans) than chlorine, asbestos and indeed all of the worlds most hazardous chemicals combined! Undoubtedly the Koch brothers are behind the conspiracy of silence surrounding this chemical. In fact they require their employees and family members to actually CONSUME this chemical on a daily basis. People in third world countries have had to bath their children in it! Dihydrogen Monoxide has other even more heinous properties. Under certain conditions it has been known to cause either severe burns or hypothermia. Please do something about this!

  3. Did you hear that “Ms Oprah Winfrey?” – Encouraging people to live their “best life?

  4. Does anyone find this surprising? Our government cares about corporate profits and the lobbyist that buy them the right to poison us without immunity.

  5. All companies or institutions that have been lying and deceiving humanity on how safe, legitimate and/or healthy their products or services are will become obsolete since more and more people are waking up, to the truth of what is life-affirming or life-denying to sentient beings and the environment.

    What will eventually become obsolete is: factory farms; puppy mills; bullfighting; dog fighting; bear baiting; hunting for sport, trophy or taxidermy; war; Arm’s manufacturers and dealers; vivisection; cigarette manufacturers; toxic chemicals; GMO’s; nuclear power, weapons and medicine; pharmaceutical companies; corrupt banking, governments and others, etc.

    Adopt a Vegan lifestyle, organic farming, holistic natural medicine, clean/pure water free from added toxic fluoride, a healthier, more peaceful and compassionate world for all sentient beings and the environment.

    May all living beings live in peace and harmony together, always!

  6. Perhaps we should find someone to thank for this lovely turn of events. I don’t know who exactly is responsible for this turn of events but my Heart is filled with Gratitude.
    Eternal Love ♥ Jilly

    • The Whole Upper Management should be in jail for murder and their products along with the rest of the BIG TEN AGRO CHEMICAL COMPANIES ALL THEIR PRODUCTS BANNED WORLDWIDE that is because it is poisoning the whole earth….My Uncle died from Agent Orange that was widely used in Viet Nam and Combodia… Murdering Our Soldiers…


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