Monsanto Bullies EPA on Glyphosate Ruling
The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking public input on the health impacts of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. But despite mounting evidence, the EPA continues to ignore glyphosate’s hazards, and it looks like Monsanto’s under-the-table influence may be a reason why.
Monsanto has launched a campaign to pressure the EPA into declaring glyphosate safe. It is terrified of losing the profits from selling this ubiquitous herbicide.
The use of glyphosate on U.S. farmland has exploded in recent years. A recent study  found that Americans’ exposure to the pesticide has increased fivefold since it was first introduced more than 20 years ago.
As use of glyphosate has increased, so have concerns about its health hazards.
In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. Earlier this year, California added glyphosate to the state’s Proposition 65 registry as a chemical known to cause cancer. A 2018 study  out of Indiana University linked glyphosate to shorter pregnancy, which can increase a child’s risk of chronic diseases later in life.
California’s Proposition 65 listing would require cancer warning labels on Roundup. A group of Big Ag lobbyists, backed by Monsanto, has taken action to stop the labeling rule from taking effect.
Meanwhile, unsealed court documents  have revealed Monsanto’s efforts to collude with the EPA to cover up glyphosate’s cancer risks. In lawsuits against Monsanto by cancer victims,  an EPA official who was in charge of evaluating the herbicide’s cancer risk has been accused of aiding the company’s efforts to kill the agency’s investigation.
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