EPA requests public comment on activist proposal to cut glyphosate tolerance in oats

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is asking for public feedback on a petition by a national environmental research and advocacy group to sharply limit use of a weedkiller, trace amounts of which have turned up in popular oat cereals and snacks such as Cheerios and Nature Valley granola bars.

A 30-day public comment period in the Federal Register opens [May 6].

It’s the latest step in the hot controversy over glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, one of the most widely used herbicides in the world.

[T]he EPA, which has been reviewing the chemical, concluded that glyphosate is not a carcinogen and poses no threat to the public when it is used according to its current label.

Related article:  Oregon now at forefront of national GMO debate

However, a growing body of science has linked glyphosate to cancer in humans, and public sentiment against the chemical has grown.

The Environmental Working Group, which submitted the petition to the EPA after researching glyphosate’s presence in oat-based foods, says the chemical’s presence in food that children eat presents an unnecessary health risk.

[Editor’s note: Read ‘Children killer’ glyphosate found in Cheerios? Experts dismantle Environmental Working Group’s glyphosate study to learn more.]

Read full, original article: EPA seeks public input on petition to limit glyphosate

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