Our Government just gave Monsanto the best Christmas present ever!

Our Government just gave Monsanto the best Christmas present ever!

Last year the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - declared glyphosate – the main ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp – a probable carcinogen. We hoped that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) – would intervene to protect our health. It hasn’t.

The APVMA has decided not to review its current approval for glyphosate because it claims to know better than the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation. Why so? Because it has access to unpublished industry data that has never been subject to peer review and that regulators refuse to make public!  

Who trusts the word of ...

Last year the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - declared glyphosate – the main ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp – a probable carcinogen. We hoped that the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) – would intervene to protect our health. It hasn’t.

The APVMA has decided not to review its current approval for glyphosate because it claims to know better than the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation. Why so? Because it has access to unpublished industry data that has never been subject to peer review and that regulators refuse to make public!  

Who trusts the word of giant chemical companies over the World Health Organisation?

Monsanto has made enormous profits from virtually unrestricted use of glyphosate and now the truth has come out. Monsanto has lied to us again - and the APVMA must stop supporting an industry that is putting all of us at unnecessary risk.

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Please make a brief submission to the APVMA by 30 December asking for a full and independent reconsideration of the safety of glyphosate.

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Here are some dot points that you might include in your submission. Please try to put them in your own words to maximise your impact.

The APVMA should:

  • Conduct a full and independent reconsideration of the safety of glyphosate.
  • Use the precautionary principle in arriving at conclusions and in making recommendations.
  • Evaluate the impacts of the full glyphosate formulation, not just glyphosate - since the chemical is never used on its own;
  • Assess the extent to which glyphosate is implicated in health impacts as a result of interactions with other chemicals to which Australians are currently exposed;
  • Review and assess all published research into glyphosate formulations for all types of toxicity including endocrine disruption in both humans and animals;
  • Assess and consider all research regarding the impacts of long term exposure to glyphosate based herbicides. This should include sub-chronic impacts such as the potential for damage and disruption to both human and animal gut microbiome, enzyme activity, digestive illness, gut disruption and nutrient deficiencies;
  • Evaluate the impacts of the use nanomaterials in glyphosate formulations, particularly the extent to which nanomaterials may amplify glyphosate formulation toxicity;
  • Determine levels of current exposure from all current uses to glyphosate including use on crops, residues on food, use by councils in public areas and home use;
  • Commission peer-reviewed work to re-evaluate appropriate levels of daily intake (ADI);
  • Not rely on proprietary data in its reconsideration unless the proprietary data is made public.
  • Have its reconsideration peer-reviewed by independent scientists.
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