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Plume writes: "Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's (MON.N) popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7."

Workers spraying crops. (photo: Getty Images)
Workers spraying crops. (photo: Getty Images)

California to List Monsanto Herbicide as Cancer-Causing

By Karl Plume, Reuters

27 June 17


lyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto Co's (MON.N) popular Roundup weed killer, will be added to California's list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said on Monday.

Monsanto vowed to continue its legal fight against the designation, required under a state law known as Proposition 65, and called the decision "unwarranted on the basis of science and the law."

The listing is the latest legal setback for the seeds and chemicals company, which has faced increasing litigation over glyphosate since the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer said that it is "probably carcinogenic" in a controversial ruling in 2015.

Dicamba, a weed killer designed for use with Monsanto's next generation of biotech crops, is under scrutiny in Arkansas after the state's plant board voted last week to ban the chemical.

OEHHA said the designation of glyphosate under Proposition 65 will proceed following an unsuccessful attempt by Monsanto to block the listing in trial court and after requests for stay were denied by a state appellate court and the California's Supreme Court.

Monsanto's appeal of the trial court's ruling is pending.

"This is not the final step in the process, and it has no bearing on the merits of the case. We will continue to aggressively challenge this improper decision," Scott Partridge, Monsanto's vice president of global strategy, said.

Listing glyphosate as a known carcinogen under California's Proposition 65 would require companies selling the chemical in the state to add warning labels to packaging. Warnings would also be required if glyphosate is being sprayed at levels deemed unsafe by regulators.

Users of the chemical include landscapers, golf courses, orchards, vineyards and farms.

Monsanto and other glyphosate producers would have roughly a year from the listing date to re-label products or remove them from store shelves if further legal challenges are lost.

Monsanto has not calculated the cost of any re-labeling effort and does not break out glyphosate sales data by state, Partridge said.

Environmental groups cheered OEHHA's move to list the chemical.

"California's decision makes it the national leader in protecting people from cancer-causing pesticides," said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. your social media marketing partner


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+10 # librarian1984 2017-06-27 09:54
CA you are awesome. Let this be the beginning of the end of Monsanto poisoning the planet.

Now please pass single payer.
+8 # Farafalla 2017-06-27 10:52
So glad to be living in a blue state where going after Monsanto is not a crime yet. This company is one of the most evil institutions in the world. They have single handedly destroyed centuries of agricultural practice and they have criminalized saving seeds. Monsanto has shoved genetically modified foodstuffs down our collective throats with the full support of the USDA and the EPA. They outright own members of Congress and Supreme Court justices. If corporations are people, then this one deserves the death penalty.
+7 # Adoregon 2017-06-27 12:59
No mercy for Monsanto, purveyor of poisons.
+1 # MikeAF48 2017-06-27 14:56
Take a look at what Monsanto has done over the past 100 years, Now that they sold the Monsanto to BAYER take a look at the evilness Bayer has been up to over the past 100 years.
+1 # Wise woman 2017-06-27 19:54
Their ad showing a dandelion shooting up from a crack in the pavement reminds me of John Denvers song, "the flower that shatters the stone." Beautiful lyrics. Then there's some guy spraying Roundup on it and the dandelion falls over and dies. Monsanto's motto is, if you don't like something, kill it! Yes, it is an evil company.

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