By USDA Photo by: Charles O’Rear [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup. This chemical is widely used throughout California, particularly in the Central Valley. This is the first time a regulatory body in the United States has listed glyphosate as a carcinogen. The federal Environmental Protection Agency claims: Glyphosate products can be safely used by following label directions.
Monsanto is not pleased with this situation and is fighting (i.e., litigating) California’s decision. For more information see: Cancer Worries Over a Common Weedkiller.