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Will Roundup® still be available in Dutch shops after 2015? (EN/NL)

By Brandon Mitchener

We have already blogged about this once before, but feel the need, given the proliferation of incorrect and misleading media reports in the Netherlands and other countries, to do it again.

No, neither Roundup® nor glyphosate, the main active ingredient in Roundup, is banned in the Netherlands,, and there is no agreed, published plan to prohibit these popular weed killers in the Netherlands.

First, and for the record, Monsanto is just one of many producers of glyphosate-based weed killers, which are popular with home gardeners as well as municipalities, stores and others who use it to control weeds on driveways, pavements and sidewalks, among other places...

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What the IARC 2A Rating for Glyphosate Really Means / Qu’est-ce que signifie la classification 2A du glyphosate réalisée par le CIRC ? / Lo que significa realmente la clasificación 2A de la IARC para el glifosato

By Donna Farmer,
Product Protection & Nutrition Lead

As a toxicologist who has dedicated the better part of my 30-year career to product safety, it feels important to explain what the recent IARC review means – and doesn’t mean.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) convened a meeting March 3-10, 2015 to evaluate the potential carcinogenic risks to humans from several pesticides, including glyphosate. Glyphosate is an active ingredient in many popular herbicides, including Monsanto’s Roundup® brand herbicides.

IARC concluded that glyphosate belongs in a 2A category as probably carcinogenic to humans, a category that includes professions such as barbers and fry cooks...

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Still think herbicides are bad?

Often it is the unintended consequences that are the most costly.

Under pressure from Green politicians and activists, some local municipalities in Europe are pushing to reduce the use of chemical herbicides such as Roundup. Apparently, the thinking goes that city gardeners will pluck weeds from pavements, public parks and highway medians by the millions…by hand? Some municipalities have resorted to another, potentially tragic, means of weed control: fire.

So it happened that earlier this month in Utrecht, which banned herbicides for “amenity use” in the 1990s, four houses were seriously damaged and four families had to find somewhere else to live after someone using a flame thrower accidentally set the houses on fire...

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Myth #10: Monsanto manipulates governments

False.

In fact, Monsanto strictly forbids its employees to bribe government officials to secure product approvals.

Monsanto fully respects regulatory requirements everywhere it operates and deploys a broad Business Conduct program to prevent contributing to any government corruption. Every Monsanto employee worldwide participates in an annual training on the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to ensure familiarity with the law, Monsanto’s compliance rules, and the penalties for violating the rules. Any employees violating our rules face immediate dismissal and business partners stand to become former business partners.

The Code provides guidance on such topics as: respect for each other, the environment, health and safety, proper stewardship of our products, research methodology questions...

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