09:17 GMT +323 October 2016
    The French Ministry of Ecology declared a ban on the use of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide in the nation's nurseries and garden centers Sunday, citing the previous UN classification of the chemical glyphosate as possibly carcinogenic.

    Monsanto Sues to Block Listing of Herbicide Ingredient as a Carcinogen

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    Agrochemical giant Monsanto has sued the state of California to prevent the main ingredient in the company's herbicide from being added to the state's list of known carcinogens.

    Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), seeking to stop it from adding glyphosate to a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm.

    California law requires the state to keep a list of cancer-causing chemicals to inform residents of the risks of using products that contain those materials.

    In September, the OEHHA said it planned to add glyphosate to the list after the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), based in France, classified it in March as a probable human carcinogen.

    Monsanto disputes the assessment, saying that several decades of studies show that glyphosate is safe. The company cited a 2007 study by OEHHA that concluded the chemical was unlikely to cause cancer.

    The multinational corporation's lawsuit claims that listing glyphosate as a known carcinogen, when based on IARC classification, grants regulatory authority to what the company claims is an "unelected, undemocratic, unaccountable, and foreign body," that is not subject to state or federal  oversight.

    A listing would require Monsanto to provide a "clear and reasonable warning" to consumers that the chemical is known to cause cancer, damaging Monsanto's reputation and violating its First Amendment rights, the company said.

    Roundup, a popular weed killer which uses glyphosate as its primary active ingredient, is used by farmers and homeowners around the world, and especially by large-scale corn and soybean growers. A wide array of environmental organizations and other many other science and academic critics question the chemical's safety. The weed killer grossed Monsanto some $4.8 billion in 2015.

    Since the IARC classification last year, Monsanto has been named in numerous lawsuits accusing the company of having known of the dangers of glyphosate for decades.

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    • Mother Gorilla
      Great that California is doing something. That might help block Monsanto's advance into EUrope and the rest of the world via TTIP, CETA and so on.
    • michael
      unfortunately, one result will be the cry of "...we need more money to do more research..." :(
    • vendor
      ...and they will pay their scientists to cherry pick data for scientifically structuring an analysis that will confirm the product is safe. Diet Coke is apparently safer to drink than water, according to a scientist who was paid $1,400 to undertake the study.

      Question: Which company has sponsored him to do so?
    • cast235
      Time to SUE Monsanto and dismantle that MONSTER. Why Monsanto so powerful? INVESTORS!!!!
      Hedge funds , very powerful one's want in more.. retirement all is at stake.
      U.S wants "GLORY DAYS" to pass laws forbidding foreign countries from labeling it.

      And what constitution or amendment? GMO cannot be labeled and no info given.
      Is not written in stone.
    • art
      Monsanto spent millions to sabotage and rig California's last referendum to list GMO ingredients on food boxes. Results: Californians voted they don't want to know if they are eating GMO food! They might succeed this time as well. As a proverb goes: "there are always enough donkeys around that I don't have to go on foot."
    • Monsanto should be drinking the Jim Jones KoolAid. Read the KoolAid story here.

    • karlof1
      Monsanto's corporate charter ought to be revoked and its assets sold off--the corporate death penalty.
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