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David Saltmiras

Science Fellow, Toxicology Manager of the Novel Chemistry and Microbials Product Platform, Monsanto Company

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Following my Ph.D. studies and research at Cornell University, a short postdoctoral stint confirmed I wanted a career outside the laboratory setting. I have since enjoyed professional focus on toxicology and safety assessment for an array of substances and products: industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, microbials and GMO crops. Certified with the American Board of Toxicology (DABT), I am currently a Science Fellow and Toxicology Manager of the Novel Chemistry and Microbials Product platform at the Monsanto Company. Outside the office I am an avid motorcyclist and enjoy the outdoors with my family.

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Q: If roundup is safe for human consumption in trace amounts in food, then is it safe to drink it? If not, where is the line between safe levels and toxic levels of roundup? Thanks.

Answered By David Saltmiras - Aug 20, 2013

A: Most of us have picked up a bottle of Roundup from a home center and used it to kill weeds in our driveways and gardens.  Roundup-brand herbicides have a long history of safe use at home and in agricultural settings.  As with most chemical products, appropriate precautions must be taken during handling, and use of these products and the directions for use must be followed carefully. Almost all nonfood products, including herbicides, would not be safe for human consumption straight out of the container, because most chemical products contain ingredients at levels significantly higher [...]

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Q: Is it safe to eat roundup?

Answered By David Saltmiras - Apr 17, 2014

A: I previously responded to a very similar question on whether it is safe to drink Roundup. As with most household and consumer products, Roundup should be handled appropriately, following the product’s labeled directions. You can read the related response here, and an excerpt is below.“Most of us have picked up a bottle of Roundup from a home center and used it to kill weeds in our driveways and gardens. Roundup-brand herbicides have a long history of safe use at home and in agricultural settings. As with most chemical products, appropriate precautions must be taken during handling and use of [...]

Environment GMOs in Groceries How GMOs Are Made

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Q: DOES GLYPHOSATE CAUSE CANCER?

Answered By David Saltmiras - May 15, 2014

A: No, glyphosate does not cause cancer. But don’t just take my word for it. Please also consider statements from multiple authorities who reviewed both robust glyphosate data sets and peer-reviewed literature, quoted below. Over the last 25 years or more, these expert reviewers have not wavered from the science-based conclusion that glyphosate does not cause cancer. What I find quite compelling is that over the years, the volume of toxicology studies on glyphosate has grown considerably and has increased confidence in the repeated scientific conclusions on this topic. Between 1981 and 2009, gly [...]

Environment GMOs Globally How GMOs Are Made

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Q: What is the longest study performed on the health effects of ingesting GMOs and GMOs that have been sprayed with roundup?

Answered By David Saltmiras - Jul 24, 2014

A: The quick answer for regulatory studies is 90 days for GMO safety and 26 months for glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup agricultural herbicides) safety. The lengths of these studies are assessed and set by independent scientific bodies globally, in order to ensure product developers generate comprehensive data to appropriately determine the long-term safety of new products. This question is similar to others on the site about safety testing and long-term safety. I’ve pulled together the following links to a few questions about GM safety that I thought you might find helpful:&nbs [...]

Health & Safety How GMOs Are Made