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Farmers, ag companies launch court challenge of California’s Prop 65 listing of glyphosate

| | February 23, 2018
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On [Feb. 20], a national agricultural coalition presented arguments for a preliminary injunction before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California for why California’s Proposition 65 listing of glyphosate should be halted until a final ruling is decided by the court and the judge has considered all of the facts.

In seeking a preliminary injunction, the coalition members stated that they would sustain significant reputational damage if forced to falsely label their products, placing them at a competitive disadvantage and threatening the agricultural supply chain by forcing farmers to stop using a preferred method of production that is already regulated by the federal government to ensure consumer safety.

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The injunction also notes that forcing the coalition members to falsely label their product violates their First Amendment freedoms.

National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) chief executive officer Chandler Goule said, “It’s important for the California judge to have all the facts in hand, since the state ignored facts, data and science when it added glyphosate to the state’s Prop 65 list. In short, the preliminary injunction we are seeking would halt the implementation of the Prop 65 listing until a final ruling is decided by the court.”

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