THE SCIENTIFIC debate on whether weed killer glyphosate causes cancer is coming to a head as the US Environmental Protection Agency issues 80 scientific papers on the chemical.
The debate started in Europe, where the European Union has threatened to ban the most widely used weed killer — not just on farms, but also in households.
Typically, the EU in conjunction with Greens started the banning bureaucracy rolling before all the scientific evidence was collated.
Monsanto, which was the originator of the product through its RoundUp brand, was the subject of public protests in Europe with ‘F#%$ Monsanto’ t-shirts being big sellers and money-raisers for farm protest groups.
The USEPA, which regulates chemical and food chains in North America, asked scientists around the world to submit all their scientific papers for a rigorous assessment.
That assessment is complete, the papers have been issued and a final EPA conclusion will be made tomorrow.
However, it is evident that the EPA has found glyphosate is safe to handle according the recommended guidelines — which will be a great relief to farmers, councils and households killing weeds.
But the EPA may comment on some ersatz (copy or fake) glyphosates, especially made in third world countries from a coal tar base, which may contain carcinogens.
These appear to be the basis for the cancer scares in the chemical.