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Study trying to link glyphosate to liver disease is bad science

A one litre bottle of Roundup weedkiller.

A bottle of Roundup herbicide.

A study linking glyphosate to liver disease, published in the journal Scientific Reports in January 2017, uses flawed data from 2012, which was rejected by the wider scientific community due to a flawed scientific approach. This latest study was conducted by infamous researchers, including Robin Mesnage and Gilles-Eric Seralini, who have a history of using bad science to link Monsanto’s products to health issues. Similar past studies from these researchers were classified as ‘pseudoscience’ and lacking ethical conduct by the international science community.

This new study relies on the same samples from a 2012 Seralini study that was determined to be scientifically flawed by multiple regulatory authorities around the world and was eventually retracted ...

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Glyphosate: Monsanto statement on European Commission extension (EN/DE/FR/NL/ES/IT/RO)

In response to today’s action by the European Commission to only temporarily extend the authorisation of glyphosate for 18 months, Dr. Philip W. Miller, Monsanto’s vice president of global regulatory and governmental affairs, released the following statement:

Today’s decision by the European Commission to temporarily extend glyphosate’s authorisation by 18 months ensures that European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users will continue to have access to the herbicide glyphosate while a longer-term solution to the product’s reauthorisation is found.

 European farmers, municipalities, gardeners and other users have depended on glyphosate for 40 years as a safe, efficient and cost-effective tool for weed control...

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More fearmongering about glyphosate: Who drinks 1,000 litres of beer a day? (EN/DE)

You may have seen alarmist stories about the alleged discovery of glyphosate, an herbicide used for weed control, in 14 German beers. Time to give up beer for good? Well, not because of this study at least…

The levels the authors claim to have detected are well below any levels deemed relevant by regulatory authorities. An average person (60 kg) would need to drink more than 1,000 liters of beer in a day, or that amount over many years, before consuming glyphosate levels that are considered potentially relevant, according to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

Who drinks 1,000 liters of beer a day?

Also, the BfR confirmed there are no health concerns and questioned the study process used by the authors.

Glyphosate is approved for use on barley, hops and other grains i...

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Monsanto responds to Zembla broadcast about glyphosate (EN/NL)

Monsanto employees in the Netherlands saw a Dutch television programme about glyphosate broadcast this week on Zembla that presents a seriously distorted picture of reality. The report that was previously broadcast in Germany was rife with misinformation. Monsanto appreciates the important role played by the media in informing the public. Unfortunately, Zembla denied Dutch viewers some facts that could help them achieve a well-informed opinion.

Monsanto invites viewers and others who are interested to also do their own research. We do our best to help provide additional information and perspectives.

Glyphosate has a history of more than 40 years of safe use as a weed killer and is among the most commonly used and extensively tested agro-chemical substances in the world...

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The Zika virus comes from mosquitoes not Monsanto (EN/FR)

Zika virus comes from the Aedes aegypti mosquito

An Aedes aegypti mosquito feeding on a human. Image courtesy James Gathany – PHIL, CDC, Wikipedia.

Before you start seeing pop-ups in your social media news feeds that Monsanto is causing the Zika virus which is causing panic in Brazil, think before you react because it’s simply not based on current facts. In a recent blog post by Jon Rappoport, called Zika? Monsanto’s Roundup associated with smaller heads, he claims that babies being born with smaller heads (microcephaly) and brain damage in Brazil are due in part to pesticides and herbicides. We think it sensible to post this reply to give you the facts so far — and to help stop the spread of misinformation and unnecessary fear.

Never mind that Monsanto is not in the mosquito business...

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Glyphosate: Rigorous EU process is based on science (EN/FR)

This week has served up a handful of media stories about a group of scientists sending a letter to the European Commission urging a deviation from the established science-based approach in its regulatory review of the herbicide glyphosate.  The statutory European process for reviewing and registering pesticide products is rigorous, exhaustive and based on the best available science.  The recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conclusion has determined clearly, scientifically and repeatedly that glyphosate is “unlikely to be carcinogenic.”  Both EFSA and the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) have clearly explained the rigor Glyphosate_Safetyand transparency of the review process.

The individuals who signed this letter are asking the Commission to deviate from the review process...

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Glyphosate in urine samples: the facts

The reportage A Bon Entendeur, broadcast on Tuesday evening on RTS, a Swiss public television channel owned by Radio Télévision Suisse, the public broadcaster for the French speaking part of Switzerland, focused on glyphosate and contained a number of points that demand clarification.

The issue of the detection of glyphosate in urine samples has already been addressed by German authorities as the result of a campaign by anti-pesticide activisists 2 years ago. The German regulators issued a response providing context for such detections. A copycat campaign was also implemented in Switzerland earlier this year, and triggered a similar response from the Swiss authorities (also available in German and Italian).

The RTS report also tried to imply a conflict between the assessment of glypho...

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IARC and glyphosate: What we know (EN/DE/FR/NL/IT/ES)

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In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which assesses hazards potentially associated with cancer, concluded that glyphosate, an active ingredient in many popular herbicides such as Roundup®, is a “probable carcinogen.” This “2A” category also includes health risks from professions such as hairdressers and fry cooks and shift workers.

The 2A classification doesn’t prove that glyphosate causes cancer, and IARC’s conclusion conflicts with the overwhelming consensus of regulatory bodies and science organisations around the world tha...

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Our response to today’s Der Spiegel article on glyphosate // Unsere Antwort auf dem heutigen Artikel im Spiegel zum Thema Glyphosat

By Brandon Mitchener

On June 8, 2015, Der Spiegel, a leading German news magazine, published a long article that rehashes many of the anti-pesticide activists’ most frequent questions and allegations concerning glyphosate, a key ingredient in popular weed killers including Monsanto’s Roundup®. Many of the arguments cited in the article have already been the subject of other, individual responses on this blog, and by other organisations.

We were initially delighted that Der Spiegel reached out to us with questions that appeared to represent an exercise in fact-checking before publishing its article...

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Of Greens, Greenpeace and Glyphosate

By Brandon Mitchener

Monsanto’s commitment to produce products that help farmers nourish our growing world by making a balanced diet more accessible to people everywhere is the same this week as before. European governments’ commitment to protect consumers and the environment from harm is still there. Farmers and home gardeners still think glyphosate-based weed killers are an important part of their toolkits, and the best way of controlling difficult-to-control weeds.

Nevertheless, the past week has seen renewed attacks on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup® weed killer and generic equivalents, from German Greens and Greenpeace...

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