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Monsanto Responds to Glyphosate/Birth Defects Report

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Millions Against Monsanto page and our Genetic Engineering page.


1. Earth Open Source response to Monsanto 2. June 2011 Earth Open Source Report on Roundup - Monsanto response

NOTE: Below (item 2) is Monsanto's initial response to the Earth Open Source report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?". The EOS report showed industry has known that glyphosate causes birth defects since the 1980s and EU regulators have known since the 1990s. But instead of informing the public, industry and regulators have repeatedly claimed that glyphosate and Roundup do not cause birth defects: http://www.scribd.com/doc/57277946/RoundupandBirthDefectsv5

Earth Open Source's response to Monsanto is also below (item 1). --- --- 1. Earth Open Source response to Monsanto June 14, 2011 http://on.fb.me/machCY

Monsanto responded to our report, "Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?" in a statement on its website.

Monsanto said, "Regulatory authorities and independent experts around the world agree that glyphosate does not cause adverse reproductive effects in adult animals or birth defects in offspring of these adults exposed to glyphosate, even at doses far higher than relevant environmental or occupational exposures."

However, one of the main points of our report is that regulatory authorities have indeed agreed that glyphosate does not cause birth defects - but that conclusion is directly contradicted by the evidence in industry's own studies. These industry studies, submitted by companies including Monsanto in support of glyphosate's approval in the EU, showed that glyphosate causes birth defects in experimental animals. These effects were found not only at high doses, but also at mid and lower doses.