-The EPA released a draft risk assessment in December of 2017. In that draft, the following statement was made:
“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.”
- Regulatory authorities in Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia have consistently reaffirmed that glyphosate is not carcinogenic when used according to label instructions.
Note that safety is tied to using the product according to the label. Using the product at higher than label rates not only increases risk but also may reduce effectiveness. Correct rates allow glyphosate to be translocated to the roots of the plant so that the entire plant is killed. Personal protective equipment required may vary depending on the formulation. READ THE LABEL! (Ward Upham)