According to court documents, Monsanto’s original appeal is still pending in California’s Fifth District Court of Appeal. However, what Monsanto sought more recently was a stay, or delay in the ruling that allowed for Roundup to be on the carcinogenic chemicals list, until the appeal to the Fifth Circuit was completely sorted out.
A lower court opined there was no need to wait for the appeal, and the Supreme Court in the state upheld that ruling. Roundup will now see inclusion to a list of chemicals determined, or suspected by the state to be cancer-causing agents, per a ballot initiative called Proposition 65, a statute under the watchful eye of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
Roundup has been variously targeted as a probable cause of cancer, although there are just as many studies which suggest that it does not, or at the very least suggest the evidence is inconclusive. What made the picture murkier was the assertion, made in private emails by a former operative within the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that a forthcoming report from the World Health Organization deemed unflattering to Monsanto would be managed from inside the EPA – and that further efforts to undertake deeper studies into the carcinogenic potential of Roundup by the EPA would not happen, or ever be released.
There is nonetheless sufficient evidence as to the potential for Monsanto Roundup causing cancer for the keepers of state Proposition 65 to consider the herbicide for inclusion on its list of chemicals known to cause cancer, or birth defects, or other reproductive harms.
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Monsanto, in attempting to protect a hugely popular brand and a mainstay in agriculture the world over, launched a Monsanto Roundup lawsuit in an attempt to keep Roundup off that list (Monsanto Co. v. Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment et al., Case No. S242595, in the California Supreme Court).
So far, their efforts have not been successful. In the meantime, the company is facing a myriad of Roundup lawsuits claiming that Roundup does, indeed carry the potential for cancer in humans.