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EPA says RoundUp has little risk

People have stopped and asked me about the use of Roundup because of the continuous television commercials.

Below is updated information on the use of Roundup provided by Seth Nagy, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Director in Caldwell County.

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the herbicide RoundUp. Glyphosate is a widely used herbicide that controls broadleaf weeds and grasses. It has been registered as a pesticide by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1974. Registered pesticides undergo review every 15 years.

Because of public pressure, the EPA did an interim review of glyphosate again. The EPA stated in the latest interim review, “EPA continues to find that there are no risks of concern to human health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label. EPA also found that glyphosate is unlikely to be a human carcinogen.”

For this reason, I continue to say glyphosate is a safe product when used according to the label.