NTP Scientist: Glyphosate Formulations ‘Much More Toxic’ Than Chemical Itself

Amid conflicting scientific studies and growing public concern over the impacts of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) has launched research to examine the health risks of glyphosate and glyphosate-formulations. “Due to the multiple interpretations of evidence on the potential health risks of glyphosate exposure, major public concern about exposure risks, and reported differences in the toxicity of different glyphosate products, NTP is conducting more research on glyphosate and its formulations,” according to the NTP website . The NTP’s initiative was first reported by Carey Gilliam in The Guardian . Gilliam is an author, investigative journalist and research director for U.S. Right to Know . Glyphosate, the star

European Glyphosate Safety Report Copy-Pasted Monsanto Study

Two years ago, the debate over glyphosate ‘s link to cancer took a surprising turn when the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) infamously rejected the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer’s March 2015 classification of the weedkiller as a possible carcinogen . However, new reporting from the Guardian reveals that the European agency’s recommendation that the chemical is safe for public use was based on an EU report that directly lifted large sections of text from a study conducted by Monsanto , the manufacturer

Monsanto Calls for Investigation Into WHO Agency for Ignoring Monsanto-Funded Studies

The agrochemical and seed giant Monsanto , one of the world’s most controversial corporations, is attempting to take down a World Health Organization (WHO) agency that in 2015 linked the Monsanto product glyphosate to an increased risk of cancer in humans. That year, the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that the widely used herbicide is ” probably carcinogenic to humans .” The decision was a major blow to Monsanto as its most popular product, Roundup , is glyphosate-based. Following the IARC’s decision, the European Union began

Escalating Use of Pesticides Harms Already Imperiled Aquatic Invertebrates

A new analysis published this month by U.S. Geological Survey scientists found pesticides at high enough concentrations to harm already imperiled aquatic invertebrates in more than half of 100 streams studied in the Midwest and Great Plains. The pesticide levels threaten species like the Hine’s emerald dragonfly and the sheepnose mussel. The U.S. Geological Survey study, published in the journal Science of the Total Environment, found an average of 54 pesticides in

Appeals Court Denies Monsanto’s Request for Reconsideration Post Controversial Reuters Story

Monsanto , the maker of the glyphosate -based herbicide Roundup, filed a motion June 16 in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California to reconsider the chemical’s addition to California’s Proposition 65 list of agents known to cause cancer. The agrochemical giant made this move based on a June 14 Reuters investigation of Dr. Aaron Blair, a lead researcher on the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) committee, that classified glyphosate as a “2A probable human carcinogen” in March 2015. On June 22, Monsanto’s petition for review and application for stay were denied by the court. Earlier this year, California became the first state to consider requiring Monsanto to label glyphosate as a chemical “known to the state

Cancer Expert: EU Studies on Glyphosate Are ‘Scientifically Flawed’

Dr. Christopher Portier , a toxicologist and former director of the U.S. National Center for Environmental Health, has criticized the conclusions of European Union agencies which found that glyphosate —the active ingredient in Monsanto ‘s widely used weedkiller Roundup—is not carcinogenic to humans. In a May 28 letter to European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Portier claims that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) failed to include in their assessments eight instances of “significant increases in tumor response” in rodents that were tested for cancer after exposure to the herbicide. “This suggests that the evaluations applied to the glyphosate data are scientifically flawed, and any decisions derived from these

Judge Threatens to Sanction Monsanto for Secrecy in Roundup Cancer Lawsuits

By Carey Gillam Nearly a year after a mysterious leak of industry-friendly information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many pressing questions remain about the agency’s interactions with agribusiness giant Monsanto and its handling of cancer concerns with Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide . But thanks to a federal court judge in California, we may soon start getting some answers. The transcript of a recent court hearing reveals that Judge Vince Chhabria , who is overseeing a combination of more than 55 lawsuits filed against Monsanto in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, warned Monsanto that many documents it is turning over in discovery will not be kept

Monsanto Ground Breaking Sparks Local Backlash: 120 Jobs Not Worth ‘Toxic Company in Your Backyard’

Monsanto has officially broken ground on a $975 million expansion to its Luling plant in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. The facility will manufacture dicamba , a controversial herbicide used in the company’s new XtendiMax weedkiller for GMO soybeans and cotton. Despite the company’s promise to bring 120 new full-time jobs to the area, it seems many locals are unhappy with

Monsanto and EPA Seek to Keep Talks About Glyphosate Cancer Review a Secret

By Carey Gillam Monsanto and officials within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsanto’s level of influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the company’s Roundup herbicide , new federal court filings show. The revelations are contained in a series of filings made within the last few days in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as part of litigation brought by more than 50 people who are suing Monsanto. The plaintiffs claim they or their loved ones developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma after exposure to Roundup herbicide, and that Monsanto has spent decades covering up the chemical’s

Trump’s EPA Advisor Myron Ebell a ‘Superstar of the Denialosphere’

By Alex Formuzis and Sonya Lunder Myron Ebell , head of President-elect Donald Trump ‘s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transition team, is a notorious denier of global warming whose biography unashamedly notes that he’s considered a ” climate criminal ” by activists and “a superstar of the denialosphere” by The Climate War author Eric Pooley. But he’s also director of environmental policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which touts “the life-enhancing value of chemicals”—chemicals like arsenic, DDT and PCBs. One of the the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s projects is

Holding Monsanto Accountable for Growing Public Outcry Over the Dangers of Glyphosate

By Harrington Investments Harrington Investments (HII) a socially responsible investment advisory firm based in Napa, California, has reintroduced a resolution to Monsanto Corporation asking for a study in response to the growing public outcry over the dangers of its products and the growing resistance against its use. Glyphosate , the active

Roundup Ready GMO Grass Coming to a Lawn Near You?

Scotts Miracle-Gro is developing yet another variety of genetically modified (GMO) grass that’s engineered to withstand applications of glyphosate , the controversial main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller. This latest effort follows Scotts’s first fiasco with GMO turf. In 1997, the lawn care company teamed up with Monsanto to create GMO grass for golf courses. Unfortunately, their bio-enhanced creeping bentgrass escaped from field trials into the Oregon wild in 2003, thus eliminating any chance of federal approval for commercial use, as the New York Times reported in 2006. Scotts