“Scrap Proposition 65, California’s Unscientific Chemical Safety Law,” By Angela Logomasini.
California may soon list glyphosate, the active ingredient used to make Roundup weed killer, as a carcinogen under the state’s so-called “right-to-know” law, originally passed by voters in 1986 as Proposition 65. Its maker, Monsanto, says it will appeal a recent court ruling that would allow the state to proceed, but they may not be able to stop it, even though the state’s claim isn’t supported by much science. The issue took hold in 2015 when California’s Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) published a decision to list glyphosate and several other pesticides – tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, and malathion – as “known to the state to cause cancer.” The state makes such classifications under its Proposition 65 law, which requires all products that include such chemicals bear warning labels. Read more.