Monsanto Sues to Keep Weed Killer off California’s List of Carcinogens
The state will soon require glyphosate to bear a warning label declaring that it’s known to cause cancer, but Monsanto is fighting back - hard.
Monsanto's been on the defensive for years, but especially since last year's announcement, via the World Health Organization's cancer research arm, that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, is a probable carcinogen. The most recent battle in this protracted fight comes to us from California - where the state is trying to force Monsanto to label Roundup as a probable carcinogen.
The law in question, known as Proposition 65, would force companies whose products contain ingredients such as glyphosate that have been linked to cancer to declare that on their packaging, would undoubtedly make Roundup look bad to prospective buyers, and as such, Monsanto has been fighting in court to keep it from happening.
The lawsuit contends that listing glyphosate essentially outsources regulation to an “unelected, undemocratic, unaccountable, and foreign body,” Reuters reported, but that's simply not true.
Any observant California resident is accustomed to coming across signs that read “WARNING: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm” throughout daily life. If you’re driving into a parking garage, pumping gas, buying aspirin, or shopping for Chinese-style salted fish, there’s likely a warning posted somewhere. Some 900 chemicals are listed under Prop. 65. Even bacon, which the IARC also recently declared a carcinogen, could soon be labeled.
Monsanto's likely to keep fighting, though, because they know that if glyphosate is labeled as a carcinogen here it could make them more vulnerable to lawsuits elsewhere. Expect a long, protracted legal battle in the years to come.
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