Columbia ( the country) has called a halt to full scale spraying of its coca crop ( yield cocaine) with the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup). This year WHO (World Health Organization) said the product “probably causes cancer.”
American drug trafficking officials think this is a bad idea ( they’d rather Columbia keep spraying away).
(photo CreditFernando Vergara/Associated Press)
In a post from last week I talked about the risk-hazard continuum.
Shame on me for not mentioning the very important public health / environmental health “precautionary principle” .
Simply put, in the face of “uncertain” science, irreparable mistakes should be avoided – and the burden of proving “no risk” falls on the actor ( in this case Monsanto).
Just what part of “probably causes cancer” is difficult for us to understand?