One of the world’s most hated companies, Monsanto, is like a bull in a china shop, angrily destroying everything in its path, including people and the resources we need so desperately to survive. Monsanto’s Roundup, for which the primary ingredient is glyphosate, is one of the most widely used herbicides. Over the last two decades, 2.6 billion pounds of glyphosate was sprayed on U.S. crops.
However, last year was a major milestone for public health when the World Health Organization boldly announced that glyphosate was “probably” carcinogenic. Since then, government regulatory agencies all over the world have taken steps to limit and/or properly label the ingredient’s toxic effects on people.
Under Calif. law, the state is required to maintain a list of cancer-causing chemicals to serve as a safety guideline for residents. Proposition 65 – the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act – requires listed chemicals not be dumped into sources of drinking water. Proper warnings must also be labeled on products containing cancer-causing chemicals.
Monsanto may be prevented from dumping toxic herbicide into Californians’ water supply
Following the WHO’s declaration, the Golden State naturally moved to add Monsanto’s glyphosate to its list of cancer-causing toxins.
But Monsanto is having none of it.
The seed giant filed a lawsuit against the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the agency’s acting director Lauren Zeise on Thursday, seeking to prevent Calif. from listing Roundup’s main ingredient as a carcinogen.
Refusing to back down from their product, Monsanto insists glyphosate is safe, pointing to decades of studies. However, the biotech giant’s s0-called “studies” are no longer credible after it was exposed for faking safety tests glyphosate nearly four decades ago.
The revelations emerged after two independent scientists gained access to Monsanto’s secret toxicology studies on glyphosate, after which they discovered the company purposely withheld evidence of tumors caused by the chemical.