"... California just dealt Monsanto a blow as the state’s Environmental Protection Agency will now list glyphosate — the toxic main ingredient in the U.S.’ best-selling weedkiller, Roundup — as known to cause cancer."
Under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 — chemicals that cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm are required to be listed and published by the state. Chemicals also end up on the list if found to be carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — a branch of the World Health Organization.
In March, the IARC released a report that found glyphosate to be a “probable carcinogen.” Besides the “convincing evidence” the herbicide can cause cancer in lab animals, the report also found: “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.”
"Monsanto was seemingly baffled;
by the decision to place cancer-causing glyphosate on the state’s list of nearly 800 toxic chemicals. Spokesperson for the massive company, Charla Lord, told Agri-Pulse that “glyphosate is an effective and valuable tool for farmers and other users, including many in the state of California. "
Here comes the real reason they will fight the listing --
"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.”
Hmmm... glyphosphate is an herbicide, a weed killer. It is the main ingredient in the popular spray, RoundUp. What's so baffling, sunning? How can this be up for debate that it is a deadly substance? The suffix 'cide' is a "dead" giveaway. Here is another 'cide' word, Monsanto...homicide. That's what you're doing passing this off as safe for consumption.
Roundup is sprayed on crops around the world, particularly with Monsanto’s Roundup-Ready varieties — genetically engineered to tolerate large doses of the herbicide to facilitate blanket application without harming crops.
Yes, you're reading it right, Monsanto also genetically engineers the food crop so it can tolerate being sprayed. (So I guess we will have to wait till they genetically modify humans to tolerate it as well.)
Get ready Monsanto, I think the wolf is at your door...
On Thursday, an appeals court in Lyon, France, upheld a 2012 ruling in favor of farmer Paul Francois, who claimed he had been chemically poisoned and suffered neurological damage after inhaling Monsanto’s weedkiller, Lasso. Not surprisingly, the agrichemical giant plans to take its appeal to the highest court in France.