Ecotoxicology is the study of the effects of chemicals on biological organisms, especially at the population, community, and ecosystem level. Over the last 40 years, glyphosate has undergone extensive ecotoxicology testing with a wide range of fauna and flora to support global regulatory approvals. This testing demonstrates that at environmentally realistic exposure levels, glyphosate does not produce acute or chronic toxicity to higher organisms, including wild mammals, birds, fish, aquatic invertebrates and terrestrial invertebrates, such as earthworms and honey bees.
Monsanto’s Glyphosate Endangered Species Initiative
Monsanto is committed to sustainable agriculture and rigorous product stewardship. As leaders in the stewardship of glyphosate-based products, Monsanto implemented a stewardship program called the Glyphosate Endangered Species Initiative.
Monsanto works in partnership with growers and applicators to provide them with a simple web-based tool called “Pre-Serve” to identify areas where threatened or endangered plant species may exist near agriculture. The website provides best management practices that growers must implement with certain use patterns and application rates in these identified areas to help minimize risks to these protected plant species. We are confident that this initiative will preserve threatened and endangered plants and their habitats, while protecting growers’ options to use Roundup brand herbicides on agricultural lands.
Roundup® agricultural herbicides have a very favorable environmental profile and, for most farmers, following existing use directions on the EPA-approved label will adequately address any potential plant threatened and endangered species concerns. Visit www.pre-serve.org to participate in this program.