May 17, 2014
Myth #5: Glyphosate risks (still!) haven’t been properly assessed

At some point you have to wonder if any level of scientific and regulatory scrutiny would ever satisfy some people. The Internet abounds with dire warnings of the alleged health risks of glyphosate, and yet these claims have repeatedly been rejected by credible scientific authorities worldwide. For decades.

As the main active ingredient in Roundup, Monsanto’s popular herbicide, glyphosate is one of the most studied active ingredients globally and has been approved for use in weed control products in more than 100 countries for more than 40 years. It is popular with both farmers and gardeners. 

Authorities subject all Roundup formulations to strict risk assessments before they are considered for authorization for sale. As is also the case with other crop protection products, both the active substance and the final products are subject to such an evaluation process (in sequence). The active substance is first approved at EU level. The final products are subsequently evaluated for approval at Member State level.

As part of an ongoing, periodic review by the European Union, the German Federal Institute for Risk Analysis (Bfr) recently evaluated hundreds of scientific studies and concluded that there is no evidence that glyphosate has a negative impact on animal health, let alone causes cancer, as some anti-pesticide groups have claimed. The BfR’s FAQs can be found here in German and in English.

Every product that we put on the market has been subjected to extensive testing and complies with current laws and regulations and is accompanied by recommendations on safe use in accordance with national laws and regulations.

Monsanto is constantly looking to create and develop more advanced products to help protect plant health and minimize environmental impacts in the eternal competition with pests.

Moreover, Monsanto is committed to conducting safety assessments and communicating with stakeholders about our products and processes. In addition to regulatory approvals, Monsanto has extensive stewardship policies in place to monitor our procedures as we research, develop, design, manufacture, market, transport, store and dispose of chemical products. Monsanto’s crop protection products are scientifically evaluated for product safety, benefits and proper use, and are reviewed to determine they do not pose undue risks to human health or the environment during any stage of their life cycle.

Together with other companies in the crop protection sector in Europe, we are part of a Safe Use Initiative to promote the safe use of agrochemicals. European Commission



Related blog posts: 

Does Glyphosate cause coeliac disease – here

Is Glyphosate banned in the Netherlands – here

What the IARC 2A rating for Glyphosate really means by Donna Farmer – here

Stakeholder views on the IARC Glyphosate opinion – here

Stakeholder views on the European Commission proposal to let individual European Union governments opt out of trade in imports of genetically modified (GM) grain for use in food and animal feed – here.



[If you’ve heard any other stories about Monsanto that you suspect aren’t true, check out our other blog entries in this series or download our pocket-sized Myths & Facts leaflet, which is available in several languages.]




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