Viewpoint: Anti-glyphosate activists are ‘rich, organized, and powerful’—don’t underestimate them

| | January 21, 2019

The campaign against glyphosate started a few years ago. The fairly benign herbicide was so closely tied to Roundup Ready crops it became inexorably tied to biotechnology. Activists tried hard to ban cultivating GMO crops….But when bans failed and the federal government passed national labeling requirements, their focus shifted to more and more to glyphosate.

Their efforts paid off when the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer designated glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. The decision was immediately controversial and decried by scientists around the world. And we now know IARC’s committee was stacked with particular people set to make sure it found a particular result.

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After IARC’s announcement, regulatory agencies around the world decided to review their positions on glyphosate. Every single one concluded IARC was wrong.

These developments aren’t the product of some random coincidence. I’ve long warned “Big Green” knows exactly what they’re doing and that we shouldn’t underestimate them. These activist organizations, like the Environmental Working Group and the Organic Consumers’ Association, are rich, organized, and powerful. What they’ve accomplished in just a few short years against glyphosate should remind us of their capabilities.

Read full, original article: Farmer’s Daughter: Glyphosate isn’t scary. The movement to demonize it is, though

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