EPA Says Glyphosate Poses No Risk to Public Health
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken an important new step in its efforts to review glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen.
According to a recent press release, the agency states that its scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies.
While the agency did not identify public health risks in the 2017 human health risk assessment, the 2017 ecological assessment did identify ecological risk. In order to address these risks, EPA is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide spray on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.
“EPA has found no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate. Today’s proposed action includes new management measures that will help farmers use glyphosate in the most effective and efficient way possible, including pollinator protections. We look forward to input from farmers and other stakeholders to ensure that the draft management measures are workable, realistic and effective,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in U.S. agriculture and has been studied for decades. The EP report comes after a federal jury found last month that Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, which is based on glyphosate, was a “substantial factor” in causing a California’s man cancer, thus dealing a significant blow to the company, as it continues to defend its products against thousands of similar claims.