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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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Farmers more pessimistic about Europe’s agriculture future

A farmer uses glyphosate on barley with no till farming techniques to reduce their environmental impact.

A farmer uses glyphosate on barley with no till farming techniques to reduce his environmental impact.

The future of farming in Europe looks bleak, according to a survey of over 8,000 farmers released on 16 June 2016 by the European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperatives lobby group Copa-Cogeca. These farmers, based in 11 European Union Member States and surveyed between January and April 2016, shared their thoughts on their dissatisfaction with farming income and their disappointment of an economic turnaround. Of all the EU Member States, only farmers in Denmark and Sweden were optimistic about the current and future situation.

Currently one sign that events may get worse for European farmers is the issue around herbicides containing glyphosate...

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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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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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Monsanto transitions away from tallowamine in products (EN/FR)

Based on what has been a political debate in Europe, we have already been preparing for a gradual transition away from tallowamine to other types of surfactants for commercial reasons. In this context, such an intention by France would not come as a surprise.

Importantly, tallowamine-based products do not pose an imminent risk for human health when used according to instructions. In a 2009 review of toxicological data on tallowamine, the U.S. EPA found no evidence that tallowamines are neurotoxic, mutagenic or clastogenic.

In the coming weeks, we look forward to more fully understanding the agency’s concerns and intentions and providing scientific information...

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Cover-crop farming and glyphosate can reduce Germany’s CO2 output

An actively eroding rill (a shallow channel) on an intensively-farmed field in eastern Germany. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

An actively eroding rill (a shallow channel) on an intensively-farmed field in eastern Germany. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The loss of fertile soil on farms by wind and water erosion is a global problem. To the extent that food production, population and our contribution to climate change are all linked the negative impacts of erosion could worsen in coming years. One study published on 6 March 2016 in The Lancet journal forecasts this impact by 2050 could lead to a per-person reduction in fruit and vegetable consumption of 4%. That may not sound like a lot but that could translate into as many as 529,000 climate-related deaths worldwide.

Soil erosion is a consequence of climate change that will directly impact farmers’ crop harvests and wider ecology.

In Germany alone, an area...

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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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Paul François vs. Monsanto – not as clear cut as it might look

“Paul François case: Civil section of Lyon Court of Appeal acknowledges that the composition of Monsanto’s product was correctly labeled.

SAINT-PRIEST (69), France, 11 September 2015 – Monsanto would like to clarify that the Lyon Court of Appeal has only partially confirmed the Civil Court’s decision. The Civil Court in 2012 held Monsanto liable for the missing information on the label of the Lasso which allegedly caused the accident claimed by Paul François.

The Lyon Court of Appeal recognises  that Monsanto sold Lasso in accordance with applicable French law.

The Court of Appeal also recognises  that Monsanto did not commit any negligence in relation to the required labeling information on the product’s composition.

Furthermore, the Court confirms that the Lasso label cle...

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