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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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Bringing important crop protection tools to farmers requires significant investment

Given the significant investment of time and money required to bring crop protection products to market, regulatory authorities must follow the standard procedures enshrined in EU law that protect investment and support innovation.

Every year, as much as 40% of the world’s potential harvests are lost to weeds, insects and plant diseases. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), these losses could double without pesticides and other crop protection practices.

When it comes to controlling invasive weeds, farmers – as well as governments, gardeners, and other users – have depended on glyphosate for 40 years as a safe, efficient and cost-effective tool. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup® and other popular weed killers.

Like all pestici...

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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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Three things to know about glyphosate and the European Commission Standing Committee (EN/FR/DE)

As expected, the European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food & Feed held an initial exchange of views on the proposed glyphosate renewal this week.  Prior to this discussion, the European Food Safety Authority published its science-based conclusion on glyphosate, reaffirming its 40-year history of safe use as the active ingredient in herbicides popular with farmers and gardeners.  After this initial exchange of views, we expect that the Commission will schedule a vote on glyphosate in the coming weeks.  Here are three things to know about this process:

  1. This was the first time glyphosate was on the agenda for an exchange of views and possible vote...
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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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Monsanto sounds the alarm on glyphosate debate (EN/NL)

Amsterdam, 27 November 2015 – Last week Tuesday, the Lower House of the Dutch parliament held a debate on a proposed ban on herbicides outside agriculture. Glyphosate, the active substance in widely-used herbicides such as Roundup, produced by Monsanto, falls under this proposed ban. During the debate, a number of political parties raised serious questions about the proposal, ranging from the lack of technical need to the lack of legal basis. This coming Tuesday, the Lower House will vote on these motions, providing further clarity whether or not a ban will be implemented. Monsanto calls to all parties involved to take all relevant facts into account in this discussion.

No risk to public health

All crop protection products approved by the Ctgb (the autonomous administrative body respons...

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The European Food Safety Authority: “Glyphosate is Unlikely to Pose Carcinogenic Hazard” (EN/DE/FR/NL/ES/RO)

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The authority’s conclusions on glyphosate align with conclusions from regulatory agencies around the world.

At Monsanto, we’re fully confident in the safety profile of our products. Our confidence is based on rigorous internal safety assessments in addition to safety assessments by regulatory authorities, independent researchers and other experts around the world. Today, the independent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced its conclusions about the active ingredient glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup brand products.

Notably, EFSA ...

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