[12 August/NZ Herald]

New Zealand’s Environmental Protection Agency believes Roundup is safe in spite of a U.S. court ruling it contributed to a janitor’s cancer, awarding him $440 million. The lawsuit claimed Roundup caused non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Monsanto insisted hundreds of studies had established the active ingredient was safe and planned to appeal the decision. Associate Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage, said the EPA already had glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, on the list of hazardous substances for reassessment. Former South Otago Farmer, Graham Clarke, welcomed the judgement and called it a fantastic result. He had experience in organic farming and only recently stood down from his role at the Soil and Health Association. He predict hundreds of thousands of complaints would emerge. Federated Farmers Vice President, Andrew Hoggard, said most scientific research said the product is safe to use. He noted he would be concerned if it was banned in New Zealand as there was no suitable replacement available for farmers.