Monsanto to Fight “Cancer Causing” Label For Its Signature Weedkiller in California

By Aaron Kesel

Roundup weedkiller maker Monsanto is planning to fight back as California moves closer to labeling the dangerous chemical as “cancer causing.”

Glyphosate will be added to California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer effective July 7, the state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) said.

Monsanto argues that the decision is “unwarranted on the basis of science and the law.”

However, Prop. 65, which was passed as a ballot initiative in 1986, looks to scientific research, not federal regulators, when deciding what to include on the list. The language of the law itself reads, “State government agencies have failed to provide them [California residents] with adequate protection” from chemicals that can cause cancer or reproductive harm.

This comes after a U.S. Judge Kristi Kapetan ruled against Monsanto’s legal challenge to block the labeling of its product in March.

Monsanto has a conflicting history on whether or not its Glyphosate chemical is safe or not.

In 2015, the World Health Organization’s IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) classified glyphosate as a ‘Group 2A’ carcinogen stating it’s “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

One year later, another organization, PAN, the Pesticide Action Network International, issued a 96-page report stating that glyphosate contaminates the Global Ecosystem. That same year the FDA suspended testing for glyphosate residues in food. Those foods, according to a subsequent report by Food Democracy Now! and the Detox Project, included many of America’s most popular foods including – cookies, crackers, popular cold cereals, and chips. The chemical was also found in several wines including organic wines, baby food and formula, breast milk and even tampons.

Glyphosate is also sprayed directly on many types of conventional crops before harvest, including wheat, oats, and barley. In all, glyphosate is used in some fashion in the production of at least 70 food crops, according to the EPA, including a range of fruits, nuts, and veggies.

Another study done by the WHO and UN experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) conflicted the IARC report and found that “glyphosate did not cause cancer and pose a risk to humans.”

An additional report earlier this year by the European Chemical Agency agreed with the FAO study stating that glyphosate was “safe.” Meanwhile, scientists have found that exposing rats to ultra-low doses of Roundup caused liver and kidney damage.



It’s no real surprise that there is conflicting research since Monsanto is documented to have paid off Sir Richard Doll, a renowned cancer researcher, for 20 years. Even television personality Dr. Oz has said that Monsanto’s products could cause cancerous effects.

It’s time to ask ourselves, does the U.S. EPA have all of Monsanto’s hidden science regarding glyphosate and GMOs?

[RELATED: Does The U.S. EPA Have ALL Of Monsanto’s Hidden Science Regarding Glyphosate And GMOs?]

If the law does go into effect, it would require companies selling the chemical in the state to add warning labels to their packaging.

Aaron Kesel writes for Activist Post. Follow us at Twitter and Steemit. This article is Creative Commons and can be republished in full with attribution.


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5 Comments on "Monsanto to Fight “Cancer Causing” Label For Its Signature Weedkiller in California"

  1. jerry hamilton | June 30, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Reply

    For Monsanto to fight it shows their willingness to murder for profit.
    Sadly the government are too corrupt to stop them.
    Bill Gates likes vaccinations, maybe he should be given shots of it.

  2. Garry Compton | July 1, 2017 at 4:52 am | Reply

    Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemical all kill people thru their products – Monsatan-o seems to be the best at it – Don’t believe me- ask 100,000 viet Nam vets – Oh that’s right – we can’t – they died of Agent orange, white or purple. The USG is run by big Corps { es} – they always win in court.

  3. Monsatino should be shuttered and boarded up. It is a cancer causing agency.
    Thumbs down to all who work and promote the GMO crapola.
    Ingest only organic.

  4. Could this be the dreaded chemical attack that Assad is supposedly getting ready to do – they spotted him via their spy satellites outside taking care of his garden and saw that he was getting ready to spray some Roundup?? It’s the only thing that makes sense. Monsanto’s Roundup in the hands of a middle eastern dictator killing bees and other beneficial insects. That’s the real chemical threat we should all be against. Even in this country.

  5. clarioncaller | July 1, 2017 at 5:27 pm | Reply

    Don’t expect ANY help from the likes of Mike Pompeo, Justice Clarence Thomas, Hillary Clinton, Senator Blount, and others who have worked for, and represented, Monsanto in the past. Can ANYONE tell me what the efficacy is of Glyphosate in vaccinations?

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