California fears barbers and glyphosate (Roundup). @HenryIMiller @HooverInst

May 01, 2017, 12:00 AM

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California fears barbers and glyphosate (Roundup). @HenryIMiller @HooverInst

"...In 2015, IARC classified glyphosate as a “probable human carcinogen.” It put the weed killer in the same cancer-causing category as dental implants, consuming red meat, being a barber, and doing shiftwork that disrupts your biological clock. Since then, government agencies from Japan to the EU, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and another agency at WHO, have countered that glyphosate is not carcinogenic. (IARC is to date the only governmental organization to call glyphosate carcinogenic.)

But none of this stopped California officials from placing glyphosate on its danger list. The ubiquitous chemical has become a target of environmentalists, in part because it is used on genetically engineered crops and was created by Monsanto, a company much despised by green activists. Since IARC’s report was published, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto as lawyers in the “environmental justice” industry seek to profit from so-called glyphosate victims.

California’s anti-glyphosate mania has already prompted some local officials to ban its use on public property. School districts in Irvine, Burbank and Glendale will stop using glyphosate on school grounds because of parents’ fear of the chemical. When the city of Petaluma curtailed its use, it had to revert to a far more expensive weed-killing mix, and one that irritated workers’ eyes and lungs.

“It’s frustrating … using something labeled as organic, but you have to be out there in a bodysuit and a respirator,” Joe DeCarlo, head of maintenance for Petaluma’s public schools, told a local paper last year. No such protection was needed when Roundup was used...."