Bayer statement for 60 Minutes Australia
08 September, 2019
08 September, 2019
"These health authorities include the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its most recent April 2019 proposed interim registration decision, as well as assessments by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA),European Chemicals Agency (ECHA),German BfR, Korean, Canadian, New Zealand and Japanese regulatory authorities and the Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR).
“In particular, APVMA maintains that ‘Products containing glyphosate are registered for use in Australia, and APVMA approved products containing glyphosate can continue to be used safely according to label directions.’ APVMA has also stated, ‘In 2016, following the IARC assessment, the APVMA considered glyphosate and found no grounds to place it under formal reconsideration again. The APVMA completed a review of glyphosate in 1997, which set Australia’s health based guidance values at a level that remains protective.’
“Significantly, the largest and most recent epidemiology studies, which are the most relevant research for assessing exposure effects in the human population, each found that there was no association between glyphosate-based herbicides and NHL overall in real-world use when adjusted for the use of other pesticides. These studies include the 2018 U.S. National Cancer Institute-supported Agricultural Health Study, which followed over 50,000 licensed pesticide applicators for more than 20 years; the 2019 Leon Agricoh Consortium study, which included over 300,000 pesticide applicators; and the 2019 North American Pooled Project, which combined data previously reported in earlier case control studies.
“Bayer stands behind our glyphosate-based products and will vigorously defend them.”
On February 1, 2019, the Australian Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee issued a report that reaffirmed the scientific independence of the APVMA. In particular, the Committee looked at the APVMA’s 2016 review of glyphosate following IARC’s 2015 classification of glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen,” stating:
- “The Committee acknowledges the range of strongly-held views about the APVMA's decision on glyphosate. However, it considers the APVMA's scientific processes to be robust, noting that all 264 of the studies referenced in the IARC report were independently evaluated by the OCS [Office of Chemical Safety], in addition to other studies and data.”
- “Further, the Committee was informed that the regulator did not receive any new scientific evidence during the consultation period relating to the possible carcinogenicity of glyphosate that it had not already considered.”
Furthermore, the Committee examined the use of glyphosate in Australia, noting:
- “The Committee recognises the centrality of glyphosate to the sustainability and productivity of Australian farming.”
- “Around 85 per cent of growers in Australia were estimated by Grain Producers Australia to have adopted no-till production systems, one of the highest rates in the world.”
- “Chemistry Australia gave evidence that glyphosate: ‘…has led to more sustainable agriculture, particularly the practices of minimum till. Minimum till reduces agricultural CO2 emissions and it aids in the retention of soil moisture. Without advances like this from chemistry, we might well be sitting here today discussing the loss of Australia's prime agricultural land due to soil erosion.’”
More information about glyphosate is available at www.Bayer.com/glyphosate.
Lachlan Bird, phone +61 407 885 209