A trusted friend of the gardener
For 150 years, we have earned consumer trust by providing products that help gardeners grow thriving gardens and landscapes. This includes offering products that control pests and diseases in order to protect environmentally favorable plantings and landscape investments. We are committed to using high-quality solutions that can be used safely around homes, families and the environment.
Our approach to product stewardship
As consumers seek to control pests in and around their homes, we must work to ensure that our products can be used successfully and responsibly in a variety of settings. We understand that when it comes to safety, our consumers expect our products can be safely used as directed around people, pets, and the environment. This is why we continuously review what active ingredients we choose to use.
We consult many scientists, leading academic studies and government publications when evaluating active ingredients for our products. We also work with regulatory agencies at the national, state and local levels to understand what active ingredients are best to use in different locations.
We take great pride in the science behind, and safety of, our products. We also highly value consumer trust in our products and work every day to uphold that trust. That includes providing products that we believe can be used safely and effectively.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in many Roundup® brand products and in Ortho® GroundClear® for weed control. Glyphosate-based products have been extensively studied over more than 40 years. In fact, there have been hundreds of health and safety studies on glyphosate—many of which came from independent researchers. Glyphosate is one of the most relied-upon herbicides for weed control in the world and its uses span from agriculture to professional land management to consumer uses.
Many regulatory and health authorities from around the world have evaluated the uses of glyphosate-based products. In the United States, organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health have assessed the use of glyphosate as recently as December of 2017. You can find direct links to their findings here:
A Note on IARC
In 2015, IARC, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, issued a rating for glyphosate that gained a lot of media attention because IARC classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen.” Read the IARC report.
After the report was issued, IARC’s findings were challenged by other organizations around the world as inconsistent with other multi-year or scientific assessments conducted by scientists from countries worldwide who are responsible for ensuring public safety. In total, more than 100 countries have approved glyphosate for use. A few of those publications can be found here:
According to the Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research, such regulatory and health authorities conduct real world assessments, which means taking into account exposure “to determine the likelihood that any given hazard will actually pose a risk of harm.”