The National Association of Wheat Growers led a coalition of ag groups asking for a court mandate to stop California’s new labeling requirements for glyphosate. The groups are citing irreparable harm to farmers, consumers, and the nation’s agricultural economy. The groups are asking for a preliminary injunction against California’s Prop 65 regulation, which requires labeling any product that may contain glyphosate, such as commodities.
NAWG President Gordon Stoner says the requirement will immediately cause irreparable harm to farmers and the national economy. “We’re asking the court for an injunction to immediately halt this action,” he says, “because a significant number of wheat growers use glyphosate and requiring these false and misleading labels will fundamentally change the way farming is done in America.”
The coalition says their reputations will be significantly damaged if they’re forced to falsely label their products. They also point out that the agricultural production process is already regulated by the federal government to ensure consumer safety.
The Prop 65 mandate was based on flawed research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which declared glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. The IARC members concealed and distorted data that showed glyphosate is a safe product.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.