The agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don't apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. | File photo

Bayer glyphosate deal doesn’t apply to Canada

Agricultural giant was facing thousands of lawsuits in the United States and chose to settle in that country

Bayer is committing more than US$10 billion to resolve lawsuits in the United States connected to Roundup, the company recently announced. But the agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in the U.S., don’t apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. “We don’t really know, right […] Read more

The agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don't apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. | File photo

Bayer glyphosate deal doesn’t apply to Canada

Bayer is committing more than US $10 billion to resolve U.S. lawsuits connected to Roundup, the company announced today. But the agreements, between Bayer and numerous law firms in America, don’t apply to potential class action lawsuits in Canada, said Tony Merchant, founder of Merchant Law Group. “We don’t really know, right now, where this […] Read more

The company said it will make a payment of $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve the current Roundup litigation - including an allowance expected to cover unresolved claims - and $1.25 billion to support a separate class agreement to address potential future litigation. Bayer did not admit liability or wrongdoing. | File photo

Bayer agrees to pay to settle Roundup lawsuits

FRANKFURT/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bayer AG, after more than a year of talks, agreed to pay as much as $10.9 billion (USD) to settle close to 100,000 U.S. lawsuits claiming that its widely-used weedkiller Roundup caused cancer, resolving litigation that has pummeled the company’s share price. The German drugs and pesticides maker has come to […] Read more


The glyphosate-livestock connection

Tim McAllister knows hundreds of scientists, possibly thousands. That’s because he’s the principal research scientist for ruminant nutrition and microbiology with Agriculture Canada in Lethbridge and an adjunct professor at six Canadian universities and universities in China and India. McAllister, who grew up on a farm near Innisfail, Alta., has authored or co-authored 660 peer-reviewed […] Read more

France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it tries to phase out some crop chemicals like glyphosate. | File photo

French regulator says pesticides a priority in curbing new plant diseases

PARIS, (Reuters) – France needs to retain pesticides to combat new plant diseases spread by international trade and climate change even as it tries to phase out some crop chemicals like glyphosate, the country’s health and safety agency said late last month. A first case was confirmed in France last week of a virus that […] Read more


Bayer said after publishing its earnings outlook for 2020 it was in no rush to reach terms with plaintiffs' lawyers and was less inclined to set aside funds for any deal following recent U.S. decisions in its favour. | Bayer photo

Bayer cools prospect of imminent glyphosate settlement

LEVERKUSEN, Germany, (Reuters) – German drugs and pesticides company Bayer was at pains to quell expectations last week that it was nearing an out-of-court settlement laying to rest claims its glyphosate-based weedkillers cause cancer. Bayer said after publishing its earnings outlook for 2020 it was in no rush to reach terms with plaintiffs’ lawyers and […] Read more

In a Friday night filing with the California First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, the company said the jury's verdict could not be reconciled with either the law or sound science. | File photo

Bayer asks California court to reverse $86 mln Roundup cancer verdict

(Reuters) – Bayer AG has asked a California appeals court to overturn an $86 million verdict that found it was responsible for a couple’s cancer caused by its glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup. In a Friday night filing with the California First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco, the company said the jury’s verdict could […] Read more

Farm groups say losing glyphosate would force producers to increase tillage.  |  File photo

Farmers slam glyphosate ban

Canadian farmers and cereal crop associations want to speak to Kellogg’s. The maker of iconic cereal brands like Mini-Wheats and Froot Loops has decided to ban pre-harvest glyphosate in its supply chain for wheat and oats. Farmers and farm groups want to tell Kellogg’s why farmers use glyphosate prior to harvest and how the herbicide […] Read more


Known for its breakfast cereals, the iconic company has reportedly bowed to a shareholder pressure group with a commitment to phase out pre-harvest glyphosate on its oat and wheat purchases by the end of 2025.
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Pre-harvest glyphosate access slipping away

The noose continues to tighten around glyphosate as more companies refuse to buy grain that has had a pre-harvest application. Three recent examples have materialized. These are in addition to the oat and pulse crop buyers that have been shunning crop treated with glyphosate for the past few years. Roquette, the company building a $400 […] Read more

The maker of iconic cereal brands like Corn Flakes and Froot Loops has taken this position as part of a larger program to reduce pesticide use within its supply chain. | File photo

Kellogg’s says pre-harvest glyphosate is not ‘grrreat’

Kellogg’s wants farmers to stop using glyphosate prior to harvest. The maker of iconic cereal brands like Corn Flakes and Froot Loops has taken this position as part of a larger program to reduce pesticide use within its supply chain. “We continue to evolve and strengthen our sustainable agriculture and responsible sourcing programs,” a Kellogg’s […] Read more