SAN FRANCISCO—Today, in a historic victory for farmworkers and the environment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit sided with Center for Food Safety (CFS) and its represented clients by overturning the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) decision that the toxic pesticide glyphosate poses no cancer risks and sending EPA back to redo its environmental analysis. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto-Bayer's flagship Roundup weedkiller, the most widely used pesticide in the world. In a 54-page decision the court unanimously agreed with the challengers' arguments that "EPA did not adequately consider whether glyphosate causes cancer and shirked its duties under the Endangered Species Act."
Statement from Amy van Saun, senior attorney at CFS and lead counsel in the case:
"Today is a monumental victory for farmworkers, wildlife, and the public. The court has held EPA's approval of Monsanto's glyphosate unlawful and rebuked EPA for ignoring real-world evidence of cancer risks from using glyphosate, and for failing to even consider impacts to endangered species."