In 2021 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was exposed for possibly being aware for years of a probable link between glyphosate (ingredient used in Roundup weedkiller) and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Roundup victims have won lawsuits against the manufacturer and there will likely be more (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Nevertheless, the EPA has continued to defend its decision that the ingredient is safe and Roundup continues to be sold in stores. Thanks to the petitioners who took legal action, the EPA must now re-evaluate glyphosate’s risks.
From Sustainable Pulse:
US Appeals Court Forces EPA to Reassess Glyphosate on Health and Environmental Impact
In a historic victory for farmworkers and the environment on Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with Center for Food Safety (CFS) and its represented farmworker and conservation clients by overturning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision that the toxic pesticide glyphosate is safe for humans and imperiled wildlife. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto-Bayer’s flagship Roundup weedkiller, the most widely used pesticide in the world.
The 54-page opinion held the Trump administration’s 2020 interim registration of glyphosate to be unlawful because “EPA did not adequately consider whether glyphosate causes cancer and shirked its duties under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).” Represented by Center for Food Safety, the petitioners in the lawsuit included the Rural Coalition, Farmworker Association of Florida, Organización en California de Lideres Campesinas, and Beyond Pesticides. A consolidated case is led by Natural Resources Defense Council and includes Pesticide Action Network.
“Today’s decision gives voice to those who suffer from glyphosate’s cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma,”said Amy van Saun, senior attorney with Center for Food Safety and lead counsel in the case. “EPA’s ‘no cancer’ risk conclusion did not stand up to scrutiny. Today is a major victory for farmworkers and others exposed to glyphosate. Imperiled wildlife also won today, as the court agreed that EPA needed to ensure the safety of endangered species before greenlighting glyphosate.”