4. What lies ahead
The long-term sustainable solution to mitigate the risks of glyphosate is supporting a transition away from food production that is dependent on chemical pesticides and toward a system that uses organic practices, and more sophisticated, prevention-based pest and weed management systems. Every five years, the EPA must review pesticides' registrations, or use permits. Glyphosate is due for re-registration in 2017, which should be an opportunity to tighten or eliminate its use. But the EPA's recent reversal of its scheduled ban on chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic insecticide, shows it can't be trusted to do an objective evaluation. While prospects for tighter regulation or a ban of glyphosate are slim under current EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who personally overturned the chlorpyrifos ban, public pressure remains crucial. Americans must tell the EPA and state agencies that it's time for glyphosate to go. Chemicals that can cause cancer do not belong in America’s food supply.