EPA Reaffirms Glyphosate Safety

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed in a public announcement that there is no risk to human health from glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp® herbicide. A detailed examination of data gathered to date is included, as is a critique on the limitations of the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer review of glyphosate, which first announced glyphosate as a probable carcinogen.

However, EPA has proposed a handful of label amendments intended to better manage drift and herbicide resistance development.

EPA has found no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s proposed action includes new management measures that will help farmers use glyphosate in the most effective and efficient way possible, including pollinator protections. We look forward to input from farmers and other stakeholders to ensure that the draft management measures are workable, realistic, and effective.

Public comments are being accepted through July 5, 2019, via Regulations.gov.

AmericanHort will host a glyphosate webinar on Monday, June 24, at 2 PM, EDT. A representative from EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs, Chris Olinger, will explain EPA’s analysis of the data. Also, Dr. Scott Senseman, past president of the Weed Science Society, Dr. Jeff Derr, Virginia Tech weed scientist, and Dr. Joe Neal, North Carolina State University weed scientist, will present on uses of glyphosate in the green industry and potential alternatives. Register today for this webinar.

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