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Rick Worthington Round Up Use
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: March 14, 2018

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A landmark series of hearings continue all this week, looking at claims that Roundup, the most common pesticide in the world, is linked to cancer.

A federal judge won't decide if that's true. Rather, he'll rule on whether the plaintiffs in a mega-suit against Roundup's manufacturer, Monsanto, can present that claim if the case goes to trial.

Angel Garcia is a farmworker and with the Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety.

"It is my hope that health and community well-being is prioritized and protected," Garcia says. "It's not surprising to see a company like Monsanto leveraging what money and influence it has to discredit scientists who are willing to go on record and be on the side of the people."

Garcia says the farmworker communities are worried about the health effects and want to see the large-scale spraying stopped.

"I would like to see a transition to alternatives that are not linked to cancer," he adds. "We don't necessarily have to be dependent on chemical use."

Monsanto says hundreds of studies have determined the product to be safe.

The EPA also says Roundup is safe when used according to the directions.

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