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California Court Upholds Glyphosate's Cancer Warning

Glyphosate will remain on the official California cancer list

Monday, April 23, 2018 - In a victory for Californians with environmental and health concerns, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide will continue to be listed on the State of California's Proposition 65 cancer list. Monsanto had challenged the chemical's inclusion on the list on various grounds including constitutional issues, however, the State of California and Center for Food Safety's (CFS) intervened in the case on appeal. In 2015 the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) first proposed adding glyphosate to the list of chemicals sold in California that are known to cause cancer and reproductive harm to humans.

A spokesman for the CFS stated that the appeals court ruling affirmed "the public's right to know when it is being exposed to cancer-causing chemicals." Glyphosate's inclusion on the list in the first place stemmed from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) ruling that designated glyphosate as, "probably carcinogenic in humans." The IARC is a division of the independent World Health Organization. Glyphosate's inclusion was challenged by Monsanto and a broad coalition of Midwestern farm organizations whose member's livelihoods depends on raising and selling Monsanto's genetically engineered crops including corn, soybeans, wheat, potatoes and the like, and spraying them with the Roundup herbicide.

The proliferation of glyphosate is of particular concern as it has become the most heavily-applied herbicide in the world and is used on most of the world's staple food crops. Nearly every packaged product or soft drink on the market contains glyphosate in one degree or another. Although most individual food products contain levels of glyphosate that are considered by the government to be safe, high, potentially dangerous levels of glyphosate are starting to appear in the urine of Americans as glyphosate bioaccumulates in the body over a period of time.

Additionally, farmers, landscapers, maintenance workers and others that have been exposed to glyphosate on a daily basis in their occupation have contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, an often-deadly form of cancer originating in the lymph glands. Approximately 2,400 individuals and the estates of those that have died from the disease are suing Monsanto alleging that the company knew that their product caused cancer and failed to warn consumers. Many of those suing Monsanto for their cancer worked in school districts or public parks and used Roundup regularly. One legal group reports that around 600 lawsuits against Monsanto stem from the residential home use or orchard farmer use of Roundup.

Monsanto continues to attempt to block the cases against glyphosate from moving forward. Lawyers from Monsanto argue that no scientific body other than the IARC has found the chemical to be carcinogenic and cite the US Environmental Protection Agency's determination that, "glyphosate is safe for humans when used in accordance with label directions." Monsanto lawyers also point out that The National Institute of Health has concluded that "glyphosate is not a carcinogen." A Monsanto spokesperson points out that, "more than 800 scientific, medical, peer-reviewed articles have been published saying there is no association whatsoever between glyphosate and any form of cancer."

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