Glyphosate Questions?

— Written By Shannon Brooks
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In light of the recent jury based court decision in California, N.C. Cooperative Extension agents and NC State University specialists have received many inquiries about the safety and future of glyphosate in North Carolina. N.C. Cooperative Extension exists to make a positive impact on the well-being of our communities and the lives of North Carolinians.

N.C. Cooperative Extension is committed to safety. Specialists are continuously researching Best Management Practices in order to keep North Carolinians safe, productive and healthy. Integrated Pest Management is the best strategy when addressing any pest issue. The first step in this process is to always properly identify any pest issue before applying cultural, mechanical, or when needed, chemical controls. Ultimately, the choice to use pesticides and what kind of pesticide to use is up to the individual. With regards to herbicides, the use of glyphosate and other herbicides should be only one tool in your toolbox that works to fight weeds.

NC State University specialists have reiterated that the current research is upheld. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that it is not a carcinogen. From the EPA’s May 30 report:

“Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies.”

As to the California ruling, the San Francisco jury decided on Aug. 10, 2018, that the plaintiff had developed a form of cancer known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma from exposure to Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. Roundup’s active ingredient is glyphosate and it’s commonly found in hundreds of products that are on the market. The plaintiff was a former school groundskeeper who had applied Roundup as part of his job. The jury found that Monsanto should pay $289 million in damages. Monsanto plans to appeal the jury’s decision.

Please see the following links for the primary resources for this article, more information on glyphosate, and for other related information:

Glyphosate Safety No Risk to Public Health

Glyphosate Use Important Update for Weed Control

EPA Takes Next Step in Review Process for Herbicide Glyphosate, Reaffirms No Risk to Public Health