EPA says glyphosate is safe
The active ingredient in the popular Roundup weed killer still has its critics.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an Interim Registration Review Decision, concluded that glyphosate is safe and not a cancer-causing chemical.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, the popular weed killer owned by Bayer AG, which acquired Monsanto in 2018 for $63 billion. The EPA’s conclusion – see the full report here – reaffirms its previous stance.
“EPA has concluded that there are no risks of concern to human health wit glyphosate is used according to the label and that it is not a carcinogen,” the EPA said.
The EPA announcement is an important endorsement for Roundup, but it will not end the debate on the safety of the product. Lawsuits continue to hound Roundup in the U.S. In 2015, the World Health Organization described glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.”
Bayer AG was pleased with the latest pronouncement from the EPA.
“EPA’s latest decision on glyphosate-based herbicides adds to the long-term evaluation of leading international health authorities that these products can be used safely, and that glyphosate is not carcinogenic,” said Liam Condon, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and President Crop Science Division.
See Bayer’s full statement here.
The non-profit Environmental Working Group was a harsh critic of the EPA’s announcement.
“[The] announcement underscores that the Trump administration’s willful ignorance of science and abject fealty toward the chemical pesticide industry knows no bounds,” said EWG President Ken Cook.
The Center for Food Safety piled on with a statement: “EPA’s announcement that it has concluded its regulatory review of glyphosate is false,” said Ryan Talbott, staff attorney CFS. “The truth is that after a decade of review, the EPA still has not conducted the necessary research on glyphosate’s impacts on human health and threatened and endangered species.”
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