Monsanto is vowing to continue its legal fight against California as the state will list glyphosate as a cancer-causing chemical. California will add glyphosate to its list of chemicals known to cause cancer on July 7th. The designation of glyphosate follows an unsuccessful attempt by Monsanto to block the listing in the trial court and after requests for a stay were denied by a state appellate court and California’s Supreme Court, according to Reuters. Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. The move by California follows a similar act by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer that said glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” in a controversial ruling in 2015. Listing glyphosate as a known carcinogen in California requires companies selling the chemical in the state to add warning labels to packaging. A spokesperson from Monsanto says “this is not the final step,” adding that Monsanto will “continue to aggressively challenge this improper decision.”
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.