Proposed Specific Regulatory Level Chemical Causing Cancer: Glyphosate

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06/20/2017 - 2:23pm
California has always been the nation's leader for environmental change, and I applaud your open discussion of the safety limits to be achieved for the use of the toxin glyphosate in our great state. To truly be a leader takes the courage of one's convictions, a willingness to stand apart from the pack, which means that the committee would be well advised to review the lowest levels of glyphosate in the epidemiological studies as they reach their decision. Studies have shown evidence of tumors in mice and rats exposed to glyphosate, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Of significance, too, is research within the IARC's review of the chemical which determined that human DNA can be damaged from exposure to glyphosate to the extent that the IARC has labeled glyphosate a "probably carcinogenic" classification. Because glyphosate is the world's most widely produced herbicide, according to Scientific American (March 25, 2015), its use has grown from beyond killing weeds in the typical Californian's yard to acceptance in the growing genetically-modified food industry as well as non-organic food producers. Allowing glyphosate to enter the food chain could have a devastating impact on future generations of our children and grandchildren. At the very least, I believe glyphosate usage begs to be studied beyond the IARC's work and the dissenting viewpoints of organizations such as the Glyphosate Task Force, of which Monsanto, a dominant user of glyphosate in its products, is a member. Thank you so much for your kind and studious attention to my views on this controversial herbicide.