California Confirms ‘Roundup’ Will Be Labeled “Cancer Causing” – Monsanto Stunned

According to the Environmental Protection Agency of California, the main ingredient in Roundup- the U.S. best-selling weedkiller, glyphosate, is linked to cancer development.

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, also known as Proposition 65, is a law under which all chemicals which are associated with cancer, birth defects, and reproductive damage must be listed and published by the state.


Also, in this list are included all carcinogenic chemicals which are published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a branch of the World Health Organization.

According to IARC report, published in March, glyphosate is considered as a “probable carcinogen.”

“Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the U.S.A., Canada, and Sweden reported increased risk for non-Hodgkin lymphoma that persisted after adjustments to other pesticides.”


Furthermore, Dr. Nathan Donley of the Center for Biological Diversity said in an email to Ecowatch, “As far as I’m aware, this is the first regulatory agency within the U.S. to determine that glyphosate is a carcinogen. So this is a very big deal.”

Monsanto was totally confused by this decision to list glyphosate on the state`s list of almost 800 toxic chemicals. Charla Lord, spokesperson for the massive company told Agri-Pulse that:

“glyphosate is an effective and valuable tool for farmers and other users, including many in the state of California. During the upcoming comment period, we will provide detailed scientific information to OEHHA about the safety of glyphosate and work to ensure that any potential listing will not affect glyphosate use or sales in California.”

Roundup is applied on various crops worldwide, especially with Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready varieties- genetically modified to bear large amounts of the herbicide to ease blanket application without causing any harm to the crops.

In less than a week after the WHO named glyphosate carcinogenic, Monsanto recalled their products, and they still claim that Roundup is safe for use.

An appeals court on Lyon, France, passed a verdict in favor of farmer Paul Francois, who claimed he had been poisoned and experienced neurological damage after inhaling Monsanto`s weedkiller, Lasso.

However, we still do not know whether other states will follow this lead of California.

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