Scientists Tell EPA to Recall Roundup in Light of Health Risks
Independent scientists met with EPA officials this month to urge them to remove Roundup weed killer from circulation. The scientists told the agency that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, poses risks to humans, animals and the environment.
In recent years, glyphosate has been linked to a host of potential health problems, including autism, birth defects and some types of cancer.
The meeting, which was conducted as a congressional staff briefing, was overseen by California Representative Ted Lieu. The meeting involved independent scientists as well as science advocates from organizations like Moms across America and Beyond Pesticides. All of those in attendance wanted to provide EPA officials with the latest information regarding the dangers associated with glyphosate and action necessary to protect the environment and the general public.
According to this group, the only satisfactory response would be a ban of Roundup products using glyphosate. These products are used in both the residential and commercial realm as a means to keep weeds at bay. It is likely they are the most frequently used pesticide in the world.
History of glyphosate
Glyphosate has been used as a pesticide for decades, but its use increased exponentially about 20 years ago when the manufacturer of Roundup, Monsanto, created Roundup Ready crops, which were crops that could withstand the use of the pesticide so farmers could begin spraying their fields on a wider scale. In the past, the EPA has declared glyphosate safe, which has only served to broaden its use.
However, recent studies have been conducted that indicate glyphosate may not be as safe as once thought. These studies have linked the pesticide with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In 2014, two advocacy groups, Moms across America and Thinking Moms Revolution, went to the EPA to urge the EPA to recall glyphosate. Members of the organizations told many anecdotes about their own children that appeared to be affected with a host of medical disorders linked to foods laced with the pesticide.
In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) came out with a statement that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The FDA also announced earlier this year that they would begin testing for glyphosate residue on foods in the U.S. The agency plans to begin testing soybeans, corn, eggs, milk and other foods this year.
Waiting on EPA Roundup review
Despite these developments and the fact that glyphosate has been under review by EPA, the agency has yet to come out with an official stand on the safety of glyphosate. This past April, the agency posted a report on its website that was referred to as the “final” report, stating glyphosate was found to be safe. However, that report was taken off the website quickly after it was discovered and dubbed a mistake by the agency.
Now, some who have been injured by glyphosate exposure are starting to take legal action against Monsanto, claiming the company did not provide adequate warning about the potential risks associated with their products. Roundup cancer lawsuits have been filed and more are expected to follow. In the meantime, those concerned about the possible dangers of glyphosate continue to watch developments with interest to see if agencies like the EPA and FDA will produce an official statement regarding the ingredient’s safety.
If you believe you have been injured by glyphosate exposure, proper legal representation will ensure your rights are protected and determine whether you are entitled to compensation. The Ellis Injury Law firm is working with victims of glyphosate exposure and can provide you with a free evaluation of your case and answers to all your legal questions. To learn more, contact us today at 310-641-3335.