December 10, 2020, the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) had a meeting to determine which of the 22 chemicals they would advise the CA EPA's Office of Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to be considered, at a level of high, medium or low, to be placed on the Prop 65 list as an endocrine disruptor. As we requested two years ago, Glyphosate and salts were finally up for consideration, so of course, we needed to present.
Glyphosate has already been listed on the Prop 65 list as a carcinogen, however, Monsanto sued the CA EPA and prevented the products containing glyphosate from having a warning labeling, such as Roundup and contaminated foods. They continue to sue to have glyphosate removed from the Prop 65 list, claiming that because the federal EPA did not find it carcinogenic (they only reviewed industry funded studies) that it was wrongly listed. Therefore, having glyphosate placed on the Prop 65 list as an endocrine disruptor would keep it in the forefront of the public's attention, require it to have a warning label, and possibly lead to a declined use or banned in countries around the world.
With the support of scientists and experts and their amazing work, we assembled a presentation. You may use the following presentation for your city staff, school principal or acquaintances that may be using glyphosate herbicides like Roundup or Ranger Pro. Natural Resources Defense Council commented in favor of listing glyphosate as an endocrine disruptor on the Prop 65 list. Mom Across America was the only representative on the consumers side who made a presentation in favor of glyphosate being given a HIGH priority for consideration to be placed on the Prop 65 list as an endocrine disruptor.
To summarize the outcome, despite the fact that four Bayer (Monsanto) executives presented, claiming that glyphosate did not cause reproductive effects, we won. The committee voted to label glyphosate and salts as a HIGH priority to OEHHA for consideration to be placed on the Prop 65 list.
One of the doctors on DARTIC who spoke up in favor of listing glyphosate as a VERY HIGH priority said that there was "significant" and "extensive" evidence in animal studies showing that glyphosate herbicide impacts reproduction, the sexual organs, hippocampus and brain, leading to neurological issues and also caused harmful effects in the 2nd and 3rd generations. Others noted an impact to bees and human reproduction as well.
If OEHHA reviews the same studies as DARTIC, and has an equal amount of integrity and courage, it looks like glyphosate will soon be on the Prop 65 list.
We hope you will continue to support our work so that we can continue to speak up on your behalf and behalf of children and life on earth!