Viewpoint: Monsanto’s Roundup is safe, but PR battle to defend weed killer may be lost cause


Let me state for the record. I believe glyphosate to be perfectly safe. There have been hundreds of studies by governments and other testing organizations around the world proving time and again the broad-spectrum herbicide has no effect on human health.

But there’s no doubt sentiment outside the [agriculture] industry is changing.

The driving force behind the change is consumer sentiment. Whether it’s justified or not – and again, I think not – the battle seems to be a losing one. Perhaps the bigger picture – the war on glyphosate – might still be won, but I wonder if it’s worth the time, money, and damage to the industry it would take to ultimately win the fight. And one wonders if it’s a fight that can ever be truly won.

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New biological solutions are being discovered every year, and it seems consumers are much more accepting of these types of tools. Granted, their opinions are based on bad science or no science at all. But their perception is their reality, and they’re making purchasing decisions based on that reality.

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