Monsanto is the maker of one of the most well-known weed pesticides called Roundup. The company is has a rough road ahead as California is fighting to become the first state to label Monsanto Roundup as a cancer threat. However, the company says that their pesticide is not a threat to humans.
The primary cause of concern is glyphosate, the main ingredient. The company began marketing the product that destroys weeds but doesn’t harm crops and plants in 1974. It has no odor or color, making this the primary concern.
Monsanto has sued the state California in the past. Monsanto claims that the state made their claims illegally based on a study of the chemical done by an international health organization out of France. Trenton Norris, Attorney for Monsanto, says that the ruling will financially hurt the company as they expect people will not buy the product after deeming it a cancer threat.
California is close to requiring a cancer label for the company after a judge ruling. However, Monsanto says they will be challenging it.
The French health company conducting the research is a branch of the U.N.’s WHO and the International Agency for Cancer Research. Monsanto believes that California shouldn’t be basing their findings on a foreign body over regulations by the United States. The U.S currently doesn’t have restrictions on the chemical.
California considers the French health company the most prestigious when it comes to finding carcinogens. California is waiting for an official ruling before they proceed with the label requirements. When they add the chemical to a possible carcinogen list, Monsanto must put the warning on their label within 30 days.
Similar to most disputes, both sides have a claim to fight for their cause. The widow of deceased farmer Jack McCall, Terri McCall believes that had there been a warning label on Roundup, her husband may not have used it for 30 years. The use lead to developing cancer and sadly succumbed to in 2015.
However, farmer Paul Betancourt says he doesn’t know of anyone getting sick from the product. He adds that it is just as dangerous as any other product if not used correctly. Things aren’t looking good for the company, so stay tuned for more information on the dispute.