Environment and Human Health Inc. calls for Roundup and other glyphosate products to become registered use pesticides

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NEW HAVEN, Conn., February 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), an organization of physicians and public health professionals, releases its research on the dangers of Roundup and other glyphosate products and calls on governments to States and Federal to put in place new policies that will better protect the public from harmful exposures.

Roundup is the trade name of Montsanto’s original product which contained its own herbicide, glyphosate. Glyphosate is now present in a number of products used to kill weeds under several different labels. Glyphosate has been considered a probable carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

The policy change required, if the public is to be protected, is to make Roundup and glyphosate products “restricted use pesticides.” This designation change would allow the product to be used on residential properties, but only by certified pesticide applicators. This new designation would remove these pesticides from retail stores and prevent the public from using the product itself. Because people often use Roundup and glyphosate herbicides without proper precautions, and because many assume the products are safe, this new designation would protect the public from additional cancer risks.

“Roundup and glyphosate products are very commonly applied herbicides to lawns and gardens, and they threaten to contaminate private and public drinking water supplies. Consumers are largely unaware of the chemical’s persistence, its frequency of application, its common occurrence in the environment and human tissues, and its toxic potential,” warned John WargoPh.D., Professor of Environmental Health and Policy at Yale University and member of the EHHI.

“Pregnant women should avoid using glyphosate, as this pesticide has been linked to premature births and other reproductive health effects. Using organic methods will better protect your newborn and unborn children, as well than your pets,” said Hugh TaylorMD President of from Yale Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and member of EHHI.

Adding to the dangers of using Roundup products around homes and gardens, Wargo explained, “Dermal exposures from lawn and garden rub shoulders with food and water residues which collectively amplify exposures and risks. It It is important to understand that there are cumulative risks from many different sources.”

The labeling instructions on most Roundup/glyphosate products are inadequate. There are generally no instructions regarding the wearing of protective clothing when applying the herbicide. During the warmer months, when weeds are growing, people wear less clothing to stay cool, which often leaves their skin exposed when applying the pesticide.

David Brown, Sc.D., a toxicologist and member of EHHI, explained, “The pesticide label is the only health tool focused on the safety of the pesticide user. Unfortunately, warning labels on pesticides are the result compromise between industry and government on what the label can actually say.. The Roundup brochure provides the essential information that was removed from the warning label during negotiations between industry and government.

“The EPA should require labeling of pesticide products to be in both English and Spanish. Many pesticide applicators speak Spanish, and it is extremely important that they can clearly read instructions and health warnings on the package” , said Nancy Alderman, MES, President of EHHI.

Barry BoydMD, oncologist at Yale School of Medicine and EHHI Fellow warned, “There is now significant evidence of human risk, including an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, with increased duration and intensity of Roundup exposure. Despite these documented risks, Monsanto has not provided in its product labeling any acknowledgment of the human risk or appropriate precautions regarding its use. Among those most at risk today are residential users who are unaware of these risks and take no precautions to limit their exposure accordingly.

Roundup was made by Monsanto, which was acquired by Bayer in 2018. Bayer is now being sued by thousands of people who believe glyphosate caused them to develop non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia or myeloma. Bayer announced that it would pay $10 billion to settle all Roundup/glyphosate claims.

“Glyphosate has not been properly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and therefore local and state governments must respond to the continued threat this toxic chemical poses to human health and the environment,” said Jay Feldmanexecutive director of Beyond Pesticides.

“The lack of protective regulations by the federal and state governments regarding Roundup and glyphosate products must now be corrected by making these products registered-use pesticides if the public is to be protected from additional cancer risks,” advised Alderman.

This brochure can be accessed and downloaded from our website:
https://www.ehhi.org/pesticides.php

Media Contact:
Chair of Environment and Human Health, Inc.
Nancy Municipal councilorSEM
203-248-6582

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