Thursday, March 26, 2015

You Must be Kidding! - Monsanto Seeks Retraction for Report Linking Herbicide to Cancer
Monsanto Co, maker of the world's most widely used herbicide, Roundup, wants an international health organization to retract a report linking the chief ingredient in Roundup to cancer. 
The company said on Tuesday that the report, issued on Friday by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), was biased and contradicts regulatory findings that the ingredient, glyphosate, is safe when used as labeled.
A working group of the IARC, based in Lyon, France, said after reviewing scientific literature it was classifying glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans."
"We question the quality of the assessment," Philip Miller, Monsanto vice president of global regulatory affairs, said on Tuesday in an interview. "The WHO has something to explain."
Monsanto officials have asked to meet with WHO and IARC members, and Miller said the company wants a retraction.
A representative of the IARC could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.
Miller said the company provided scientific data to the IARC showing the safety of glyphosate, but that the agency largely ignored it.
Miller said the IARC report should not affect the safety review of glyphosate currently under way by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA, which has the power to limit or ban use of glyphosate, said it would look at the WHO report as part of the review process.
Farmers have been using glyphosate in increasing quantities since Monsanto in the mid-1990s introduced crops genetically engineered to withstand being sprayed with Roundup herbicide.
"Roundup Ready" corn, soybeans and other crops are popular because of the ease with which farmers have been able to kill weeds. But weeds have developed resistance to glyphosate, leading farmers to use more herbicide.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimated agricultural use of glyphosate in 2012, the most recent year available, at more than 283 million pounds, up from 110 million pounds in 2002.
The United States and other international regulatory bodies have backed the safety of glyphosate when used as directed, but the IARC report cited studies that raised concerns about glyphosate and impacts on health.
Monsanto says such studies are invalid. But critics say they merit attention.
"There are a number of independent, published manuscripts that clearly indicate that glyphosate ... can promote cancer and tumor growth," said Dave Schubert, head of the cellular neurobiology laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. "It should be banned."

1 comment:

  1. Monsanto is responsible for the major health problems associated with agent orange. Monsanto continuously denies their responsibility for the effects of their indiscriminate use of agent orange which is basically Roundup 2-4d. It was never properly tested for the health problems that it is causing our Veterans of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people.Landscapers that use roundup and migrant workers that use these herbicides have shown numerous health problems their children and grandchildren are showing the latent effects of these chemicals. Monsanto should be shut down they are destroying our environment. They are not only destroying human health they are destroying the habitat of our pollinators,monarch butterflies,bees and others. Monsanto is a corporation devoid of any regard for the health and safety of humans and our environment. They should be made responsible for their transgressions both financially and legally.