Weed-killer Roundup to get cancer warning after chemical giant Monsanto loses California court battle…(About Time!)

Saturday, January 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

Judge ruled Friday that California officials can label Roundup a cancer threat
Farmers in the state use the product on 250 kinds of crops
Maker Monsanto has fought the label, insisting its weed-killer poses no risks
A French group classifies main chemical as ‘probable human carcinogen’
But EPA says glyphosate has ‘low toxicity’ and doesn’t restrict its use
Monsanto sells $3.5 billion in crop control products annually
Company plans to fight the judge’s tentative ruling

28 January 2017

California can require Monsanto to label Roundup, its popular weed-killer, as a possible cancer threat, a judge tentatively ruled Friday.

If it carries out the proposal, California would be the first state to order such labeling for the weed-killer, which is used by farmers and home gardeners worldwide.

Monsanto had sued the nation’s leading agricultural state, saying California officials illegally based their decision for carrying the warnings on an international health organization based in France.

The chemical giant has insisted that its product poses no risk to people.

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