In case you haven’t already heard…
The California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) has posted notice of its intent to list glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup® and other related herbicides, as “known to the state to cause cancer.”
As stated by the OEHHA: “[California] law requires that certain substances identified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) be listed as known to cause cancer under Proposition 65 [AKA California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986]….OEHHA [has determined that] Tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, and glyphosate each meet the requirements for listing as known to the state to cause cancer for purposes of Proposition 65.”
The use of glyphosate, and the acreage to which it is applied, has increased dramatically since the first crops genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to this herbicide were first commercialized in 1996. And new glyphosate-resistant crops continue to be commercialized. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently deregulated new GE corn and GE soybean crops that can survive being sprayed with both glyphosate and another pesticide, 2,4-D, pesticides that would kill their non-engineered relatives…and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the herbicide cocktail, Enlist Duo™, comprised of those two pesticides that can be sprayed on those GE crops with impunity. (For more information, see this previous post of mine.)
So a chemical (soon to be) “known to the state [of California] to cause cancer” is being sprayed on vast acreages of farmland, not only in California, but throughout the United States and in many other parts of the world.
Hopefully, U.S. EPA will similarly take the recent IARC publications into account and take another long, hard look at the widespread use of glyphosate in the United States.