Elkus Ranch
A forum will be held at Elkus Ranch to discuss the benefits and risks of the common herbicide Roundup.

An upcoming forum hosted by the University of California Cooperative Extension and the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District will focus on the science behind the herbicide known as Roundup.

The event, “The Round-Up on Roundup,” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 20 at Elkus Ranch. The first hour will consist of a presentation by Kassin al-Khatib, a University of California, Davis, professor of plant sciences and a cooperative extension specialist, followed by a moderated panel. There will be a social with refreshments and drinks in the second hour.

Panel participants include al-Khatib, San Mateo County Agricultural Commissioner Fred Crowder, Caltrans Roadside Vegetation Manager Ray Kwan, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Integrated Pest Management Manager Coty Sifuentes-Winter, and Marin Municipal Water District Natural Resources Program Manager Janet Klein.

“We’ve seen a lot of people interested in Roundup recently. We’ve seen strong feelings on various sides of the issues,” said Resource Conservation District Executive Director Kellyx Nelson. “We thought there was a big need for some good science and an exchange of information from different perspectives.”

Nelson added that there has been increasing interest in Roundup and its components in recent years, locally and internationally. The World Health Organization has indicated that it would release a new report on some of the possible risks of using the weed killer, and the California Environmental Protection Agency announced in September that it intends to label the active ingredient in Roundup as “known to the state to cause cancer.” Coastsiders have also expressed concerns about its use for vegetation management on roadways.

“We create a community forum like this to bring different perspectives together so people can continue having informed discussions and make decisions with the best available information,” Nelson said.

Space is limited, so those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to kathleen@sanmateorcd.org.

Elkus Ranch is located at 1500 Purissima Creek Road in Half Moon Bay.

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