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Independent experts find glyphosate unlikely to pose human carcinogenic risk

A one litre bottle of Roundup weedkiller.

A one litre bottle of Roundup® weedkiller.

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. On 28 September a new peer-reviewed study reviewing the total scientific evidence of the herbicide glyphosate concluded that it is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic risk to humans.

In July 2015, Monsanto retained a scientific consultant to convene an expert panel to review the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph on glyphosate once it published...

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Swiss Parliament Rejects Glyphosate Ban

Invasive hogweed

At least decisions are still made on the basis of sound science in some places.

While some European Union governments, led by France and Italy, have proposed new restrictions on the sale and use of glyphosate by farmers, municipalities and others who need to control weeds, the Swiss Parliament has just outright rejected a petition to ban glyphosate.

In a decision recently published on its website, the Swiss Parliament’s Committee on Science, Education and Culture rejected the petition, arguing that “According to current evidence there are no scientific reasons to justify a ban on the use of glyphosate in general, or in agriculture in particular.”

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the world’s most widely used herbicides, including Monsanto’s Roundup® brand weed killer.

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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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Photo editors: That’s not Roundup they’re spraying! EN/FR

Open letter to European photo editors

Dear editor,

It has come to our attention over the past weeks and months that most European photo editors routinely choose photos of farmers spraying something that cannot possibly be Roundup or other glyphosate-based herbicides over the tops of their crops to illustrate the current public debate about the use of glyphosate in agriculture. We’re talking about photos like this:

Farmer spraying crop. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

This cannot possibly be glyphosate for the simple reason that glyphosate is an herbicide. That means it kills plants. It is designed to kill weeds, but if a farmer sprays it on his or her crop it would also kill the crop...

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Why do farmers need glyphosate? An answer in 10 weeds

By Brandon Mitchener and Jaden Elsasser

The current political debate around the use of glyphosate in agriculture in Europe is permeated with the simple notions that weed control is optional and that if glyphosate were banned, farmers would just let the weeds grow, because who do they really harm anyway?

Any farmer knows the proper reseponse to that question: Weeds are the enemy! They compete with crops for light and water. Some of them are highly invasive and spread much faster than what the farmer is trying to grow. They can clog up machinery. Some of them are even highly toxic to people and farm animals; if too much of them end up in the harvest, the crop is unusable and might even have to be condemned...

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MONSANTO STATEMENT ON FURTHER DELAYS IN EU RENEWAL OF GLYPHOSATE

Regulatory decisions must be made consistently, predictably and be based on the best available science

In response to further delay of a vote by European Union (EU) Member States on the renewal of glyphosate, Philip Miller, Ph.D., Monsanto’s vice president of global regulatory and governmental affairs, today issued the following statement:

The European Union’s risk assessment on glyphosate has been one of the most thorough evaluations of an agricultural product ever conducted.  The risk assessment conducted by the rapporteur member state, Germany, and reviewed by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) included more than 90,000 pages of data and 353 studies not previously reviewed by the EU.  The assessment considered the best available science and found no evidence of unreasonable risk...

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Monsanto’s Ongoing Concerns About IARC’s Glyphosate Claims

By Scott Partridge, Monsanto Vice President Global Strategy

At Monsanto, I work with many teams that research and develop products to help farmers, and ultimately, consumers, every day. These teams rely on the science to guide their decision-making, and they adhere to the rigorous regulatory processes established by governments around the world to bring our products to market. Recently, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup agricultural herbicides, has been under attack by a French-based group called the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Its activities have raised a lot of questions, which we intend to explore further.

A 40-Year History of Safe Use

Glyphosate has been called the most important herbicide developed in the post- World War II era...

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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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Roundup® Gel gets regulatory green light for home and garden use in Germany / Roundup® Gel für den Haus- und Kleingartenbereich zugelassen

Almost exactly 40 years following the approval of the first Roundup® herbicide products in Germany, the country’s regulatory authorities have just approved the newest addition to the Roundup® family line-up for home gardeners following a long and thorough review.

Roundup® Gel represents the latest generation of weed killer for the home and garden user. As the name suggests, it comes in the form of a gel, a new formulation that enables greater precision.

“We are very conscious of our responsibility towards consumers,” said Ralph Dyrnes, commercial head of the international lawn & garden products at Monsanto. “It took a lot of investment in research and development to create a product that is even more user-friendly than spray-bottle formulations,” he said...

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On IARC’s opinion relating to glyphosate / Sur l’opinion de ce-jour du CIRC sur le glyphosate / Opinión de hoy de la IARC sobre glifosato / NL/DE

On March 20, 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified a number of pesticides, including glyphosate, an herbicide, as class 2 “possible” or “probable” carcinogen.

A number of other organisations and experts have already reacted to this news. You can find their public statements here:

For our part, because we are consumers ourselves, safety is a priority for every person who works at Monsanto.  We want to be clear:  All labelled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product...

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