Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Comes Under Fire

Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Comes Under Fire

EPA Reviews for Safety and Boulder Discontinues Use

by Rachel Cernansky, Boulder, Colorado on 05. 3. 2011

Boulder dandelions Roundup ban photo
Image: Jeff Turner via flickr

Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide has been coming under increasing scrutiny, and it’s about time. Glyphosate, the main ingredient in the herbicide, is being reviewed for safety by regulators in the U.S. and Canada, despite having been in use for more than 30 years. Some groups are calling for an outright ban because of problems it causes for plants, animals, and its potential as a cause of infertility or cancer in people.

Meanwhile, Boulder, Colorado has decided to stop using Roundup in public places not because of the dangers of glyphosate, but at least in part because of recent studies showing POEA, an inactive ingredient in the herbicide, is actually more harmful to humans than glyphosate.

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