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Addressing questions about California’s Prop 65 list and glyphosate safety

Sharing some important information on California’s intention to add glyphosate to Prop 65 list

As consumers ourselves, the safety of our products is our top priority, and we strongly disagree with the recent announcement by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) of its notice of intent to add glyphosate to the state’s Proposition 65 list.

OEHHA’s sole basis for its proposed listing of glyphosate is the classification of glyphosate earlier this year by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). OEHHA interprets Prop 65 to allow it simply to accept the IARC classification without further scrutiny or review. OEHHA does not evaluate the weight or quality of the evidence considered by IARC.

IARC overlooked decades of thorough and science-based analysis by regulatory agencies around the world and selectively interpreted data to arrive at its conclusion that glyphosate belongs in Category 2A. No regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate to be a carcinogen.

Indeed, regulatory agencies have reviewed all the key studies examined by IARC – and many more – and arrived at the overwhelming consensus that glyphosate poses no unreasonable risks to humans or the environment when used according to label instructions.

Glyphosate is one of the most extensively studied agriculture products on the market, and it is a valuable tool for farmers and other users in California and around the world. In addition to our own internal safety assessments, regulatory agencies, independent researchers and others regularly review the safety of our products.

We strongly disagree with OEHHA’s intention to list glyphosate under Prop 65 and we look forward to providing detailed scientific information supporting the safety of glyphosate during the public comment period.

At Monsanto our work is focused on developing tools that help farmers have better harvests while using resources more efficiently. We are proud to supply farmers with a variety of tools to help them sustainably grow their crops, and, ultimately, help make balanced meals accessible to everyone – including our own friends and families.

If you have questions about Monsanto, our products, please feel free to ask us at Discover.Monsanto.com.

You can view the current Proposition 65 list here.

You can read more about the IARC classification here.

You can learn more about glyphosate here.

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