The world’s most popular pesticide, used in gardens, parks and schools, causes birth defects. A group of scientists has claimed this week that European regulators have known about this for more than 10 years, yet have done nothing about it.
The risk of birth defects from Roundup pesticide, manufactured by Monsanto, was first picked up by the company’s own researchers in the 1980s, say the scientists in a new report ‘Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark?’
The EU Commission’s own expert panel told regulators in 1999 that glyphosate in Roundup caused birth defects, something that German government investigators had acknowledged a year earlier.
In 2002, the EU Commission declared Roundup was a safe product – and, under lax regulations, it may not review the product again until 2030.
Because of this rubber-stamping, Roundup is used by gardeners in the home, in parks, in schools and in public areas as well as on farms.