glyphosate safety

Asked August 16, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

What is the extension service's current stand on the safety of glyphosate?

Benton County Oregon

1 Response

OSU Extension does not maintain one position on glyphosate. Among staff and faculty there are differences.

From my point of view, the acute toxicity of glyphosate to people, pets, and wildlife is relatively low compared to other chemicals and substances that are common in our shared environment. Personnally, I am not worried about the acute toxicity. I still use common sense pesticide protection strategies. I use these pesticide safety procedures regardless of the material (fully clothed with socks and shoes, long sleves and long pants, a dust mask, protective glasses and disposable gloves).

There are other issues (social, economic, political) about glyphosate which fuel the larger debate.