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Carcinogen Warning Label on Roundup Weed Killer Coming to California

February 26, 2017

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California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed killer Roundup as a carcinogen, according to a ruling by a judge in Fresno, California, although the corporation maintains that the product is harmless.

California would be the first state to order this level of labeling if this decision by the California Carcinogen Identification Committee is sustained by further court action. Monsanto previously sued the nation’s foremost agricultural producing state by filing court motions to the effect that California’s carcinogen committee acting under the powers given to it by Proposition 65, had illegally based their decision for mandatorily requiring the warnings on “erroneous” findings by an international health organization based in France.
What is Roundup and what is the problem with its chief ingredient, glyphosphate?

Environmentalists, consumer protectionists, and straightforward victims of glyphosphate-caused cancers and related poisoning object to Roundup’s principle ingredient, the odorless and colorless glyphosate, which was patented by Monsanto then marketed as early as 1974 to kill weeds but leave crops (apparently) intact. In 2017, it is sold in more than 160 countries, and farmers in California use it on 250 types of crops.

Trenton Norris, Monsanto’s lawyer, argued in court Friday that the labels would result in irreparable and immediate negative fiscal effect for Monsanto, because millions of consumers stop buying Roundup because of the labels.

After the hearing, Monsanto responded to the ruling by threatening to challenge the ruling, about all it can do, at this point. The EPA, to date, has never issued any warnings about this pesticide or glyphosphate, nor is it any more like to do so over the next four years, given the current state of the EPA, recently suffering from hiring freezes and budget cuts, and which maybe in the process of being entirely dismantled…

Glyphosphate is not only in Roundup! Monsanto lost patent protection on glyphosate in 2000, and a large number of herbicides now use it as an active ingredient, including OrthoGroundclear, KleenUp, Aquamaster, Sharpshooter, StartUp ,Touchdown, Total Traxion, Vector, and Vantage Plus Max II… (more)

We encourage you to read the rest of the article for further details.

Is this going to be a repeat of the Soccer Fields? Environmentalists and others warned that the material planned for use on the soccer fields and other city parks is toxic, and especially harmful to young children based on prior evidence. Soon after the city approved the use of the toxic material, the state legislature up a halt on use of the product. How many times are city officials going to ignore the voices of scientists and environmentalists, and allow the purchase and application of toxic substances into our environment? Can we not find a less toxic means of dealing with weeds and unwanted plants?

This s particularly alarming now that we are mixing ground water into our drinking water. Everything that goes into the ground will end up in our drinking water. It is more important than ever to protect the ground water. There must be other ways to manage our parks and open space that does not require the use of toxic substances. City Hall should order those methods be used.

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