EPA Says Glyphosate is Safe Despite Jury Verdicts
Three California juries have decided that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weed killer, is carcinogenic. Despite this, however, the EPA is doubling down on its assertion that the chemical is safe. After the third jury verdict against Monsanto, the company responsible for Roundup, the agency issued a draft conclusion in which it said glyphosate posed no threat to human health.
EPA Refuses to Acknowledge Some Glyphosate Research
Specifically, the EPA said that glyphosate “is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.” In other words, the EPA is saying that exposure to glyphosate in any way is not dangerous. This is precisely the opposite of what juries in California have determined after reviewing scientific evidence.
There are concerns that the EPA is not relying on legitimate scientific studies. A researcher with the center for biological diversity believes that the agency is basing its findings on industry-driven studies and ignoring research that reveals the dangers of glyphosate.
EPA Accused of Coordinating With Monsanto
This wouldn’t be the first time the agency has been accused of relying on skewed or biased research. Internal documents unearthed during Roundup litigation has revealed that Monsanto has coordinated with the EPA and attempted to influence the government’s opinion regarding Roundup for decades.
Even though the EPA has refused to acknowledge that glyphosate may be dangerous for human health, other agencies and organizations have. Fortunately, juries in Roundup injury cases are free to consider the evidence for themselves.