French Government Takes Steps to Protect its Citizens From Monsanto's Weed Killer

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Monday, June 15, 2015

WASHINGTON -- By restricting the sale of glyphosate in garden centers, the French government is taking steps to protect its citizens from a weed killer that the World Health Organization categorizes as "probably carcinogenic to humans,” EWG said in a statement.

Mary Ellen Kustin, EWG senior analyst, said:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should heavily weigh the world’s leading cancer experts’ recent classification of glyphosate as the agency moves through its process to reregister this widely used herbicide. In the U.S., most glyphosate is sprayed on farmland — roughly 280 million pounds annually.  Blanketing genetically engineered (GMO) crops with glyphosate accounts for the vast majority of the toxic herbicide’s agricultural use. But without requiring labels on GMO foods similar to labeling laws in France and 63 other countries around the world, the U.S. leaves its consumers confused as to whether or not they’re buying GMO foods.

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