As consumers ourselves, we at Monsanto are committed to both the safety of our products and to transparency and engagement with society. We’ve joined with the industry and other groups to explain our disagreement and concern with the recent classification of glyphosate by IARC. All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health and supported by one of the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product. More information on glyphosate is available here, and information from the industry is posted here.
Recently, we were informed that The Dr. Oz Show plans to air a segment on IARC’s classification of glyphosate. After careful consideration, Monsanto decided not to send a representative to participate in the show. Instead, we provided a statement to Dr. Oz’s producers.
Monsanto employees regularly engage in forums that promote respectful and balanced dialogue. We believe in the values of scientific inquiry, discovery and integrity – and we’re not afraid of tough questions. We will continue to look for opportunities to engage with those who have a true interest in dialogue, conversation and understanding.
Following the show, we’ll provide an update if needed. Meanwhile, we’re pleased to see that Dr. Oz has provided a number of points of view on his website – including a statement from Monsanto, a statement from CropLife America, and a statement from Dr. Michael Greenberg. While the Dr. Oz website does include a statement from EPA, they do not include the EPA’s most recent statement, which states clearly, “Our review concluded that this body of research does not provide evidence to show that glyphosate causes cancer, and it does not warrant any change in EPA’s cancer classification for glyphosate.”
Here is the statement we provided to The Dr. Oz Show last week:
“As consumers ourselves, safety is a priority for every person who works at Monsanto. And, we want to be clear: All labeled uses of glyphosate are safe for human health. Before herbicides like glyphosate go to market, the EPA conducts a risk assessment to determine safety. In addition, the European Commission, Health Canada and many other regulatory bodies and science organizations, such as the World Health Organization, have reviewed three decades of data on glyphosate. Their overwhelming consensus has been that glyphosate does not pose a risk to humans, wildlife or the environment.”
For more information on glyphosate’s history of safe use, we recommend the following independent, objective resources: