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The EPA Thinks Roundup Does Not Need a Cancer Warning Label

US farmers view glyphosate as an essential weed control tool and would not able to compete without it

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 - Cutting regulations deemed excessive has been a theme of President Trump's emphasis on putting the needs of American businesses before global environmental concerns. Banning glyphosate in the US, or forcing Bayer to recall and remove the popular weedkiller from the market could force food prices to skyrocket causing an economic depression in the United States. Farmers use glyphosate or Roundup herbicide as it is called, to control weeds and reduce tilling and water costs. Glyphosate is also sprayed immediately before wheat crops are harvested to dry it out and cut harvesting costs. These cost savings would be eliminated if glyphosate were not available for whatever reason. Monsanto glysophate cancer attorneys represent families and individuals in the United States and offer a free consultation.

An economic downturn is the last thing the pro-business Trump Administration wants and apparently, the Environmental Protection Agency has been instructed to weigh in and support Bayer, the parent company of Roundup's maker, Monsanto. The German Life Sciences leader purchased Monsanto in 2018 for $63 million. To support the company's efforts to overturn a recent $25 million verdict against them, the EPA has sent a Friend of the Court Letter to the judge reviewing the case requesting that the decision be overturned and the jury award be vacated based on failing to warn the public.

At issue in the Edwin Hardeman v Monsanto appeal is the warning label or lack thereof on bottles of Roundup herbicide. Hardeman's case and the verdict were predicated on the company failing to adequately warn Hardeman and others that Roundup herbicide was carcinogenic and that users should wear protective waterproof clothing when applying Roundup. Earlier in the year, Hardeman's $89 million jury award was reduced to $25 million but the judge refused to vacate the jury's decision finding Monsanto guilty of failing to place a cancer warning label on the product. The EPA's letter to the court stated that the EPA approved of Roundup's warning label, superseding the authority of the State of California and that the verdict should be overturned. According to CBS News, "In a friend of the court brief filed Friday with a San Francisco-based appeals court, the Environmental Protection Agency said it reviewed and approved the warning label on the weed-killing product, and that a jury finding based on California law should be reversed. The Department of Justice joined the EPA in weighing in on the only federal jury ruling thus far in a long-running saga over Roundup." It is argued that federal law prohibits a state from requiring additional labeling.

The EPA issued an official opinion in 1991 that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. CBS reports that government lawyers stated in their brief that "federal law forbids a state from imposing any additional requirements on pesticide labeling or packaging. The Hardeman decision is one of three bellwether, multi-million dollar jury awards against Bayer and Monsanto and has opened the floodgates for more than 45,000 cases to be filed against the company for similar reasons in the United States.

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