California will become the first U.S. state to be be able to require the GMO giant Monsanto to label its blockbuster weed killer Roundup as a possible carcinogen.
On Friday, Judge Kristi Kapetan from the Fresno County Superior Court announced her ruling against Monsanto, which will allow California to demand the listing of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a chemical “known to the state to cause cancer” in accordance with the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Proposition 65.
This happened after Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the State of California Environmental Protection Agency over the notice of intent they issued to list glyphosate as a Prop 65 chemical.
The agency released the notice after the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) issued a report on glyphosate, which classified the chemical as a “probable human carcinogen.”
In her ruling, Judge Kapetan wrote that California’s voters and legislature “have established the basic legislative scheme and made the fundamental policy decision with regard to listing possible carcinogens under Proposition 65, and then allowed IARC to make the highly technical fact-finding decisions with regard to which specific chemicals would be added to the list.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who represent people from California and across the U.S. who have been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma after Roundup exposure stated, “Democracy is alive and well in California where judges are still willing to stand up for science, even against the most powerful corporate polluters. This decision gives Californians the right to protect themselves and their families from chemical trespass.”