Thursday, May 7, 2015

EPA wants to test for glyphosate residue

Monsanto's flagship product is known to cause birth defects and spontaneous abortions. The company that owns a strain of Frakenmaize, the only genetically modified product approved for cultivation in the European Union, is looking to acquire rival Syngenta.
A recent evaluation on glyphosate by the World Health Organization has raised new concerns over the most widely used herbicide in the world. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) described glyphosate as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In response to the concern over possible links to cancer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on April 17 said they may start testing food products for residues of glyphosate.
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The EPA said the ultimate decision rests with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Pesticide Data Program. In the past, the EPA had advised the USDA that "glyphosate residues do not pose a risk to human health," the EPA said.
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US Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe said during a recent Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing that the Service has a good relationship with ag producers. The Forest Service Chief also spoke with the committee.

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