Anti IARC campaign gives glyphosate hope

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has launched the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research (CAPHR), an initiative "to promote credible, unbiased and transparent science as the basis of public policy decisions".

In particular, CAPHR will seek reform of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) Monographs Program, which evaluates the carcinogenic hazard of substances and behaviours. 
ACC has criticised IARC’s Monographs Program for its hazard-based approach. IARC has published findings on glyphosate, linking the weedkiller with cancer, with the product coming under legislative pressure worldwide.
ACC president Cal Dooley said: "By offering specific proposals for reform, the CAPHR hopes to play a constructive role in improving the IARC Monographs Program to ensure consumers, public health officials and regulators benefit from more credible and relevant information."
ACC gave an example of California’s chemical labeling law, Proposition 65, using IARC classifications to require warning labels on consumer products despite "an often infinitesimal risk" of developing cancer as a result of products’ proper use, adding: "IARC classifications have also been used by retailers as justification to phase out certain substances."
Dooley added: "Public policy must be based on a transparent, thorough assessment of the best available science."
Meanwhile, The European Commission has registered a petition calling for a ban on the use of glyphosate.

The European Citizens Initiative (ECI) called on the commission to propose a "ban on glyphosate, to reform the pesticide approval procedure, and to set EU-wide mandatory reduction targets for pesticide use".

The initiative will be formally registered on 25 January, starting a one-year process for the collection of signatures in support of the proposal, with one million signatures from at least seven member states needed before the EC has to react.

A Twitter campaign under the hashtag #glyphosateisvital has also begun, in support of the chemical.


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