California Labels Monsanto’s Roundup “Cancer Causing”
Monsanto vows to fight back
California lists Glyphosate, an herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto‘s popular weed killer Roundup, as a “cancer causing” chemical.
By Aaron Kesel
Glyphosate will be added to California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said.
Monsanto argues that the decision is “unwarranted on the basis of science and the law.”
However, Prop. 65, which was passed as a ballot initiative in 1986, looks to scientific research, not federal regulators, when deciding what to include on the list. The language of the law itself reads, “State government agencies have failed to provide them [California residents] with adequate protection” from chemicals that can cause cancer or reproductive harm.