The best-selling Monsanto herbicide Roundup has come under fire from all angles in recent years due to new information linking it to cancer formation in both lab animals and humans, as well as a recent scandal involving a former EPA employee.
Now the state of California is taking the next step in the process by adding a warning label to the product.
Before the final decisions are made, the state must decide the allowable limits for exposure to the chemical — a decision the general public can have input on before it’s all said and done, and one that could be vital considering that the current proposed safe level may be far too high after all.
How Much Glyphosate Should Be Allowed?
What is the “safe” level of glyphosate for human exposure?
While the chemical is ubiquitous in the United States and is found in everything from food to rainwater to childhood vaccinees, the hope among many is that exposure to the chemical deemed in 2015 by a World Health Organization body to be a “probable human carcinogen” can be limited.
California will decide the allowable limit for exposure soon, and the proposed limit is 1,100 micrograms per day, a number the organization Moms Across America says is too high based on global limits.
“Studies globally show 1,100 micrograms daily to be far too high an exposure level,” they said in a recent action alert via email and on their website. “Glyphosate, herbicide, endocrine disruptor and antibiotic, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, is most closely associated with GMO (genetically modified organism) crops, engineered to resist glyphosate.”
The organization is urging people (not just Californians, as anyone may comment) to submit their thoughts on this proposal prior to the June 21 deadline.
A sample message was included by the group for people to submit, which is as follows:
“We request that the Prop 65 NSRL (No Significant Risk Level) for glyphosate must be a validly arrived at NSRL, per CA regulations, substantially lower than the proposed 1100 micrograms per day, in order for this Safe Harbor to actually be safe to Californians. Until a comprehensive independent study is done, showing real life exposure levels, regulatory authorities should use a NSRL of well below 0.0001 micrograms/day, (Thongprakaisang et al., 2013), the level where breast cancer has been detected, in keeping with The Precautionary Principle.”
Here is some additional information from Moms Across America to use in your comments:
-Monsanto has known for 17 years that glyphosate, the main ingredient in its pesticide Roundup, could cause cancer. They launched a massive cover-up, dubbed the “Monsanto papers,” showing they have been manipulating research, colluding with a senior government official at the US EPA, and providing pro-Ag articles to government agencies — all to refute the fact that glyphosate is a carcinogen.
-Glyphosate is the most pervasive, widely applied herbicide in California, the United States and globally, in 85% of our US food and over 90% of our surface waters.
-A single oatmeal cookie from the CA State Capitol Building’s Café, tested in 2016 for glyphosate, contained 311 micrograms (ppb=microgram). A study of lab rats fed glyphosate in their water, contained only 0.1 microgram and the rats got cancerous tumors. Comparing a 150 pound person to a 1 pound lab rat, humans should not ingest 15 micrograms. The 1,100 micrograms that OEHHA is proposing is far too high and can be easily consumed daily by the average human, as glyphosate has been found in 85% of U.S. food.
You can view the full Moms Across America post by clicking here.
In addition, a live hearing is expected to happen, and will be streamed online on June 7 from 1:30 pm to 5 pm. You can watch it by clicking on this link.