Proposed Specific Regulatory Level Chemical Causing Cancer: Glyphosate

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06/08/2017 - 10:00pm
We request that the Prop 65 NSRL (No Significant Risk Level) for glyphosate must be a validly arrived at NSRL, per CA regulations, substantially lower than the proposed 1100 micrograms per day, in order for this Safe Harbor to actually be safe to Californians. Until a comprehensive independent study is done, showing real life exposure levels, regulatory authorities should use a NSRL of well below 0.0001 micrograms/day, (Thongprakaisang et al., 2013), the level where breast cancer has been detected, in keeping with The Precautionary Principle. -Monsanto has known for 17 years that glyphosate, the main ingredient in its pesticide Roundup, could cause cancer. They launched a massive cover-up, dubbed the “Monsanto papers,” showing they have been manipulating research, colluding with a senior government official at the US EPA, and providing pro-Ag articles to government agencies — all to refute the fact that glyphosate is a carcinogen. -Glyphosate is the most pervasive, widely applied herbicide in California, the United States and globally, in 85% of our US food and over 90% of our surface waters. -A single oatmeal cookie from the CA State Capitol Building’s Café, tested in 2016 for glyphosate, contained 311 micrograms (ppb=microgram). A study of lab rats fed glyphosate in their water, contained only 0.1 microgram and the rats got cancerous tumors. Comparing a 150 pound person to a 1 pound lab rat, humans should not ingest 15 micrograms. The 1,100 micrograms that OEHHA is proposing is far too high and can be easily consumed daily by the average human, as glyphosate has been found in 85% of U.S. food.