US EPA Announces Glyphosate Not a Carcinogen
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Declares that Glyphosate, a Chemical in Weed Killers Such as Roundup, is Not a Carcinogen
The U.S. EPA recently announced findings which reaffirm its previous findings regarding the safety of glyphosate, the main component in Bayer’s Roundup. Said ruling goes against previous decisions by American juries that found it allegedly caused cancer in humans.
Bayer is facing thousands of lawsuits from Roundup users who allege that the substance caused their cancer.
As one might imagine, environmental activists are not pleased with the new EPA ruling.. Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the environmental group Center for Biological Diversity, has made the following statement:
Unfortunately American consumers cannot trust the EPA assessment of glyphosate’s safety.
Bayer, however, was more satisfied with the ruling. The global giant made the following statement:
Bayer firmly believes that the science supports the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides.
Bayer bought Monsanto in 2018 for $63 billion.
EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler explained the agency’s decision:
EPA has found no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate… Today’s proposed action includes new management measures that will help farmers use glyphosate in the most effective and efficient way possible, including pollinator protections. We look forward to input from farmers and other stakeholders to ensure that the draft management measures are workable, realistic, and effective.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue also maintains that glyphosate is necessary to feed the masses:
If we are going to feed 10 billion people by 2050, we are going to need all the tools at our disposal, which includes the use the glyphosate… USDA applauds EPA’s proposed registration decision as it is science-based and consistent with the findings of other regulatory authorities that glyphosate does not pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans.
The EPA Previously Found Eco Risks from Glyphosate & Proposed a New Direction to Protect the Environment from Weed Killers Used by Farmers
Previosuly, the EPA previously found ecological risks from glyphosate and has proposed new measures to protect the environment from glyphosate use by farmers and to reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to it.
In the first major U.S. Roundup trial, a man in California was awarded $289 million in August 2018 after a California state court jury ruled that the weed killer caused his cancer, but the award was later dropped to $78 million and is being appealed by Bayer.
A second California man who alleged his use of Roundup caused his cancer, was awarded $80 million in March of 2019.
Monsanto developed Roundup as the first glyphosate-based weed killer, but it is no longer patent-protected and several other variants are now available.
Farmers spray glyphosate, the most widely used herbicide in U.S. agriculture, on fields of soybeans and other crops, and weed killers such as Roundup are also commonly used on lawns, golf courses and elsewhere. Glyphosate is used on over 100 food crops, including glyphosate-resistant corn, soybean, cotton, canola and sugar beet.
Glyphosate is also used on residential areas, aquatic areas, forests, rights of way, ornamentals and turf.