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There has been some recent media coverage calling into question the safety of glyphosate. This is based on a classification of glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen�? by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in 2015. However, it is important to note that no regulatory agency in the world considers glyphosate a carcinogen and unsafe to use.
All pesticide products must undergo comprehensive evaluations by regulatory authorities before they are made available to farmers. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only approves products that can be used safely according to label instructions. In fact, since IARC classified glyphosate, regulatory authorities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and Australia have publicly reaffirmed that glyphosate does not cause cancer. Most recently on March 15, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency concluded another extensive classification review of glyphosate and affirmed that it is not carcinogen.
IARC’s classification of glyphosate is inconsistent with the overwhelming consensus of regulatory authorities and other experts around the world, who have assessed all the studies examined by IARC, and many more. IARC’s erroneous classification has attracted media attention and been used repeatedly by certain anti-agriculture organizations to generate unwarranted fear and confusion. However, regulators around the world continue to support the safe use of glyphosate.