In 1986, California voters approved Proposition 65, an initiative to address their growing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative became the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known by its original name of Proposition 65. Proposition 65 requires the State to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. This list, which must be updated at least once a year, has grown to include approximately 800 chemicals since it was first published in 1987. oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/general-info/proposition-65-plain-language
The cancer-research arm of the World Health Organization in March 2015 announced that glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, is probably carcinogenic to humans. Glyphosate has been linked to tumors in mice and rats – and there is also what the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies as “mechanistic evidence”, such as DNA damage to human cells from exposure to glyphosate.
By Kerry Fugett and GO LOCAL member Elaine B. Holtz