Why is the EPA reviewing glyphosate?
In the U.S., the EPA regulates pesticides to ensure they can be used safely. Since 2009, the EPA has been conducting a routine “registration review” of glyphosate. Registration reviews occur routinely all previously approved pesticides. The purpose of a registration review is to ensure any new, relevant information is considered. The EPA’s review process is comprehensive and, by law, based on the best available science.
How does the review process work?
First, the EPA reviews all available scientific information on a pesticide. If additional information is needed, the EPA requests data from the registrants. Then the EPA issues a draft decision and invites public comment. Lastly, the EPA considers the comments and makes a final decision.
Where is glyphosate in the process?
On December 18, 2017, the EPA published
their draft risk assessments for glyphosate and announced that a public comment period will open in early 2018. The comment period will be open until April 30, 2018. Anyone can comment on the EPA website here
What has the EPA previously said about glyphosate?
For over four decades, the EPA has consistently supported the safe and effective use of glyphosate. Most recently, on December 18, 2017, the EPA stated
the following: “The draft human health risk assessment concludes that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans. The Agency’s assessment found no other meaningful risks to human health when the product is used according to the pesticide label. The Agency’s scientific findings are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by a number of other countries as well as the 2017 National Institute of Health Agricultural Health Survey.”
Why is there a public comment period?
Public comment periods play an important role in the registration review process. During a comment period, members of the public have an opportunity to weigh in. It is important that relevant stakeholders make their voice heard during comment periods so the EPA can make fully informed decisions. During this public comment period for glyphosate, Monsanto will submit a comment in support of glyphosate and we will encourage others in agriculture to do the same. Anyone can comment on the EPA website here
How can we support the re-registration of glyphosate?
We encourage the entire agriculture community to make their voice heard by submitting a comment to the EPA. People can visit the EPA docket
to submit a comment.