Letter: Our food, rebuttal

Editor:

In response to Steve Franklin’s letter, “Our Food,” Feb. 13, I find it interesting that Mr. Franklin seems to have expressed his opinion on very limited information. It’s apparent that Mr. Franklin has not bothered to read the MSDS on Glyphosate. If he has, he either doesn’t understand it or he just flatly refuses to accept it. The following is from the FDA website:

The EPA evaluates the safety of pesticides such as glyphosate. According to EPA, glyphosate has a low toxicity for people. Pets may be at risk of digestive or intestinal problems if they touch or eat plants that have just been sprayed. Glyphosate is currently undergoing a routine registration review at EPA, but EPA stated in 2015 that glyphosate is not likely to be carcinogenic in humans. One international organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization (WHO), concluded that glyphosate may be a carcinogen, while several others, including the European Food Safety Authority, and the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR), another subdivision of the WHO, have determined that it is unlikely to be a carcinogen.

I suggest that Mr. Franklin Google three things: One, roundup MSDS; Two, FDA, questions and answers on Glyphosate; and three: What amount of bug parts does the FDA allow in our food? Pay particular attention to No. 3.

Mike Verrett

Prescott