The main ingredient of the pesticide Roundup will be added to a list of chemicals that California believes are linked to cancer, and products that contain the compound will have to carry a warning label by next year.
That designation under the state’s Proposition 65 rules won’t keep the chemical, glyphosate, off fields or garden store shelves. That’s because the proposition does not set rules on how chemicals are used. It just requires a warning that ingredients are “known to the state of California to cause cancer and birth defects and other reproductive harm.”
Glyphosate is sprayed on more than 200 crops across 4 million acres in California, including 1.5 million acres of almonds, making it the most widely used herbicide, according to the state Department of Pesticide Regulation, a branch of the state EPA.
School districts in Burbank, Irvine and Glendale have banned the chemical from their properties.
The state Environmental Protection Agency began the process of requiring the warning label nearly two years ago, but Monsanto sued.
A Monsanto spokesman said the company “will continue to aggressively challenge” the court decision.
Source: LA Times