April 26, 2015
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In late March The New York Times reported that 30 years ago, the EPA determined that the popular weed killer Roundup might cause cancer. In 1991, after former Monsanto lawyer Michael Taylor began working for the FDA, the EPA reversed the decision. The agency reversed itself after re-evaluating the mouse study (which concluded some mice developed a rare kidney cancer) that had been the basis for the original conclusion.
When an arm of the World Health Organization recently declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, “probably” causes cancer in people, evidence included the same mouse study. According to the Times agreement on the classification was unanimous amongst the scientists who made the declaration.
The use of glyphosate has skyrocketed in the last two decades because of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GMO crops, which account for most of the corn and soybeans grown in America.
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is now evaluating whether products containing glyphosate might have to be labeled as posing a cancer risk under the state’s Proposition 65.
The Organic Consumers Association in conjunction with the Feed The World Project, has just launched the world’s first glyphosate testing for the general public. The project, with specific focus on women and children in the U.S., is offering the first-ever validated public glyphosate testing for urine, water and soon breast milk. Tests will cost $119 per sample.
And a class action lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles County against Monsanto, alleging the company is guilty of false advertising by claiming that glyphosate targets an enzyme only found in plants and not in humans or animals. Monsanto makes this claim to support the contention that glyphosate is harmless to humans.