Gateway on Pesticide Hazards and Safe Pest Management
Beyond Pesticides offers resources below to evaluate the health and ecological effects of specific chemical exposure from ACTIVE INGREDIENTS in pesticide products, as well as regulatory information and supporting scientific documents. Because various pesticide products can contain more than one active ingredient, it is important to READ the LABEL to determine chemical components.
With 192 different active ingredients and counting, it is essential to establish the connection between the use of these chemicals and their respective hazards.
View the step-by-step guide on how to search for the active ingredient(s) in pesticide products below:
- Go to U.S. EPA's Pesticide Product and Label System and enter the product name. The generic product name may vary.
- After searching, click on the chemical ingredients tab or the link for the most recent label to find Active Ingredients.
Chemical List Label List
If one selects the chemical ingredients tab, skip to Step 4 . If not, proceed to step number 3
- To find the active ingredient(s) on the label, search for the page in the document containing the date of registration. Usually, the active ingredients section occurs within the first few pages of the label document.
- Return to the Beyond Pesticides Gateway and search for the active ingredient name in the yellow box to the right or from the list below.
Updated April 2020
- Fact Sheet: bp-fact-glyosphate.082017.pdf
- Product Names:
- Chemical Class: Phosphanoglycine herbicide
- Uses: Non selective herbicide, or at low rates a plant growth regulator
- Alternatives: Organic agriculture, Organic land managment
- Beyond Pesticides rating: Toxic
Health and Environmental Effects
- Cancer: Yes (3, 6, 70)
- Endocrine Disruption: Yes (7)
- Reproductive Effects: Yes (13, 8)
- Neurotoxicity: Yes (74)
- Kidney/Liver Damage: Yes (7)
- Sensitizer/ Irritant: Yes (8)
- Birth/Developmental: Yes (75)
- Detected in Groundwater: Yes (78)
- Potential Leacher: Not documented
- Toxic to Birds: Yes (73)
- Toxic to Fish/Aquatic Organisms: Yes (4)
- Toxic to Bees: Yes (76, 77)
Residential Uses as Found in the ManageSafe™ Database
- Regulatory Status:
- Beyond Pesticides' Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Glyphosate comments (04/2018)
- Draft Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessments for Glyphosate (2017)
- Revised Glyphosate Issue Paper: Evaluation of Carcinogenic Potential (2017)
- Beyond Pesticides' Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Potential comments (10/2016)
- Glyphosate Listed Effective July 7, 2017, as Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer (OEHHA, 2017)
- Beyond Pesticides' Notice of Intent to List (California) comments (10/2015)
- Beyond Pesticides' Enlist Duo registration comments (12/2016)
- EPA Meeting Materials for the December 13-16, 2016 Scientific Advisory Panel on the Carcinogenic Potential of Glyphosate.
- Registration of Enlist Duo (EPA, 2014)
- FInal work plan for Glyphosate Registration review (2009)
- EPA Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) signed (9/1993)
- Supporting information:
- Daily News Blog
- Report- Glyphosate: Unsafe on Any Plate
- Beyond Pesticides' letter to EPA calling for residue testing (12/2015)
- Agricultural Uses of Antibiotics Escalate Bacterial Resistance (Pesticides and You, Winter 2016-2017)
- Asthma, Children and Pesticides (Beyond Pesticides)
- Children & Lawn Chemicals Don't Mix (Beyond Pesticides)
- GMO Factsheet (Beyond Pesticides)
- NCAP Glyphosate Factsheet (Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides)
- PAN Pesticides Database:Glyphosate (Pesticide Action Network)
- Scorecard Glyphosate Factsheet (Environmental Defense Fund)
- PAN UK Glyphosate Factsheet (Pesticide Action Network UK)
- CHEJ Glyphosate Factsheet (Children's Health Environmental Coalition)
- EPA Technical Factsheet
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- Multiomics reveal non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in rats following chronic exposure to an ultra-low dose of Roundup herbicide. Mesnage, R, Renney, G, Seralini, GE, et al. 2017. Scientific Reports 7, Article number: 39328
- Glyphosate pathways to modern diseases V: Amino acid analogue of glycine in diverse proteins. Samsel, A, Seneff, S. 2016. J Biological Physics and Chemistry.16:9-46
- IARC Classification of Glyphosate as a "probable" carcinogen (2015).
Read the Daily News Blog
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- Glyphosate formulations induce apoptosis and necrosis in human umbilical, embryonic, and placental cells. Benachour N, Séralini GE. Chemical Research in Toxicology. 2009 Jan;22(1):97-105
- Top 15 Farmworker Poison
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- Prenatal and infant exposure to ambient pesticides and autism spectrum disorder in children: population based case-control study. von Ehrenstein, et al. 2019. BMJ 2019;364:l962
- Biomonitoring of Danish school children and mothers including biomarkers of PBDE and glyphosate.. Knudsen LE, Hansen PW, Mizrak S, Hansen HK, Mørck TA, et al. 2017. Rev Environ Health. 32(3):279-290
- Birth defects, season of conception, and sex of children born to pesticide applicators living in the Red River Valley of Minnesota, USA.. Garry, V.F. et al. 2002. Environ. Health Persp. 110 (Suppl. 3):441-449
- Characterising glyphosate exposures among amenity horticulturists using multiple spot urine samples.. Connolly A, Basinas I, Jones K, Galea KS, et al. 2018. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 221(7):1012-1022
- Combined effects of repeated administration of Bretmont Wipeout (glyphosate) and Ultrazin (atrazine) on testosterone, oxidative stress and sperm quality of Wistar rats.. Abarikwu SO, Akiri OF, et al. 2015. Toxicol Mech Methods.25(1):70-80.
- Cytotoxicity on human cells of Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac Bt insecticidal toxins alone or with a glyphosate‐based herbicide. . Mesnage, R., Clair, E., Gress, S., Then, C., Székács, A. and Séralini, G.E., 2013. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 33(7), pp.695-699.
- Differential Effects of Glyphosate and Roundup on Human Placental Cells and Aromatase. Richard S., et al. 2005. Environmental Health Perspectives, 113(6).
- Early-life chemical exposures and risk of metabolic syndrome.. De Long NE, Holloway AC. 2017. Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 10:101-109.
- Effects of melatonin in rats in the initial third stage of pregnancy exposed to sub-lethal doses of herbicides.. Almeida LL, Teixeira ÁAC, Soares AF, Cunha FMD, et al. Acta Histochem. 119(3):220-227.
- Environmental and health effects of the herbicide glyphosate.. Van Bruggen AHC, He MM, Shin K, Mai V, Jeong KC, Finckh MR, Morris JG Jr. 2018. Sci Total Environ. 16-617:255-268
- Glyphosate poisoning - a case report. Kunapareddy, T. and Kalisetty, S., 2021. Journal of Postgraduate Medicine.
- Cellular injury leading to oxidative stress in acute poisoning with potassium permanganate/oxalic acid, paraquat, and glyphosate surfactant herbicide. Wijerathna, T.M., Mohamed, F., Gawarammana, I.B., Wunnapuk, K., Dissanayake, D.M., Shihana, F. and Buckley, N.A., 2020. Environmental toxicology and pharmacology, 80, p.103510.
- Evaluation of estrogen receptor alpha activation by glyphosate-based herbicide constituents.. Mesnage R, Phedonos A, Biserni M, et al. 2017. Food Chem Toxicol. 108(Pt A):30-42.
- Exposure to Glyphosate-Based Herbicides and Risk for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Meta-Analysis and Supporting Evidence. . Zhang, L., Rana, I., Taioli, E., Shaffer, R.M. and Sheppard, L., 2019. Mutation Research/Reviews in Mutation Research.
- Exposure to pesticides as risk factor for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and hairy cell leukemia: pooled analysis of two Swedish case-control studies.. Hardell, L., et al. 2002. Leuk Lymphoma 43(5):1043-1049
- Facts and Fallacies in the Debate on Glyphosate Toxicity.. Mesnage R, Antoniou MN. 2017. Front Public Health. 5:316
- Glyphosate and adverse pregnancy outcomes, a systematic review of observational studies. de Araujo JS, Delgado IF, Paumgartten FJ. 2016. BMC Public Health. 16:472
- Glyphosate and Paraquat in Maternal and Fetal Serums in Thai Women. Kongtip P, Nankongnab N, Phupancharoensuk R, et al. 2017. J Agromedicine. 22(3):282-289.
- Glyphosate biomonitoring for farmers and their families: results from the Farm Family Exposure Study.. Acquavella, J, F. et al. 2004. Environ Health Perspect; 112(3): 321–326
- Glyphosate exposure exacerbates the dopaminergic neurotoxicity in the mouse brain after repeated administration of MPTP. Pu, Y., Chang, L., Qu, Y., Wang, S., Tan, Y., Wang, X., Zhang, J. and Hashimoto, K., 2020. Neuroscience Letters, p.135032.
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- Glyphosate has limited short-term effects on commensal bacterial community composition in the gut environment due to sufficient aromatic amino acid levels.. Nielsen LN, Roager HM, Casas ME, Frandsen HL, et al. 2018. Environ Pollut. 233:364-376
- Glyphosate impairs male offspring reproductive development by disrupting gonadotropin expression.. Romano MA, Romano RM, Santos LD, et al. 2012. Arch Toxicol. 86(4):663-73
- Glyphosate in German adults - Time trend (2001 to 2015) of human exposure to a widely used herbicide.. Conrad A, Schröter-Kermani C, Hoppe HW, Rüther M, Pieper S, Kolossa-Gehring M. 2017. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 220(1):8-16
- Glyphosate induces human breast cancer cells growth via estrogen receptors.. Thongprakaisang S, Thiantanawat A, Rangkadilok N, et al. 2013. Food Chem Toxicol.59:129-36
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- Glyphosate Residues in Groundwater, Drinking Water and Urine of Subsistence Farmers from Intensive Agriculture Localities: A Survey in Hopelchén, Campeche, Mexico. Rendon-von Osten J, Dzul-Caamal R. 2017. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 14(6). pii: E595.
- Glyphosate toxicity and carcinogenicity: a review of the scientific basis of the European Union assessment and its differences with IARC.. Tarazona JV, Court-Marques D, Tiramani M, et al. 2017. Arch Toxicol. 91(8):2723-2743.
- Glyphosate Use and Cancer Incidence in the Agricultural Health Study.. Andreotti G, Koutros S, Hofmann JN, Sandler DP, Lubin JH, et al. 2017. J Natl Cancer Inst. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djx233.
- Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance. Samsel, A. and Seneff, S., 2013. Interdisciplinary toxicology, 6(4), pp.159-184.
- Integrative assessment of multiple pesticides as risk factors for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma among men. De Roos, A.J., et al. 2003. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 60(9):e11
- Is it time to reassess current safety standards for glyphosate-based herbicides?. Vandenberg LN, Blumberg B, Antoniou MN, Benbrook CM, Carroll L, Colborn T, et al. 2017. J Epidemiol Community Health. 71(6):613-618
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- Classification of the glyphosate target enzyme (5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase) for assessing sensitivity of organisms to the herbicide . Leino, L., Tall, T., Helander, M., Saloniemi, I., Saikkonen, K., Ruuskanen, S. and Puigbò, P. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 408, p.124556.
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- Pesticides applied to crops and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis risk in the U.S. Andrew, A., Zhou, J., Gui, J., Harrison, A., Shi, X., Li, M., Guetti, B., Nathan, R., Tischbein, M., Pioro, E.P. and Stommel, E. NeuroToxicology, 87, pp.128-135.
- Impacts of dietary exposure to pesticides on faecal microbiome metabolism in adult twins . Mesnage, R., Bowyer, R.C., El Balkhi, S., Saint-Marcoux, F., Gardere, A., Ducarmon, Q.R., Geelen, A.R., Zwittink, R.D., Tsoukalas, D., Sarandi, E. and Paramera, E.I., Environmental Health, 21(1), pp.1-14.
- Oxidative stress of glyphosate, AMPA and metabolites of pyrethroids and chlorpyrifos pesticides among primary school children in Cyprus. Makris, K.C., Efthymiou, N., Konstantinou, C., Anastasi, E., Schoeters, G., Kolossa-Gehring, M. and Katsonouri, A., Environmental Research, 212, p.113316.