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Addressing Recent Litigation on Glyphosate

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Glyphosate-based herbicides have a 40-year history of safe use.  Glyphosate has been the subject of more than 800 different health and safety studies, and no regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate to be a carcinogen.  However, after the classification of glyphosate by IARC in Category 2A in March 2015, plaintiffs’ attorneys in the United States began soliciting plaintiffs for potential lawsuits.  These attorneys are attempting to tie the IARC classification to individual cases of cancer, and they’re running ads to recruit plaintiffs in local newspapers and on the radio.  At this time, one individual lawsuit is pending.

While we’re sympathetic to individuals experiencing health problems, including those alleged by the plaintiffs in this case, we believe that glyphosate is safe for human health when used as labeled and that this suit is without merit.  Decades of experience within agriculture and regulatory reviews using the most extensive worldwide human health databases ever compiled on an agricultural product contradict the claims in the suit which will be vigorously defended.

A number of resources are available to answer questions about glyphosate and its history of safe use.  We invite you to review the resources below.  If you don’t see find an answer to your question, feel free to ask us at discover.monsanto.com.

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