Bayer AG's Monsanto unit has urged a California judge to toss the $289-million verdict a jury awarded to a man who said the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including the widely-used Roundup brand, caused his cancer. | File photo

Bayer’s Monsanto faces broad U.S. glyphosate litigation

(Reuters) – Bayer AG’s Monsanto unit has urged a California judge to toss the $289-million verdict a jury awarded to a man who said the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including the widely-used Roundup brand, caused his cancer. The company filed a post-trial motion on Tuesday for California Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos in San Francisco to […] Read more

A Brazilian court overturned an injunction Sept. 3 that banned products containing glyphosate.
 The decision knocked down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soybean planting season set to begin this month.
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Brazil court overturns earlier ban on glyphosate

BRASÍLIA, Brazil (Reuters) — A Brazilian court overturned an injunction Sept. 3 that banned products containing glyphosate. The decision knocked down a previous ruling that had been set to disrupt the soybean planting season set to begin this month. A Brazilian judge ruled last month to halt the registration of new glyphosate-based products in the country and […] Read more

Oats have built a healthy reputation among consumers, but reports pointing out the existence of low levels of glyphosate residue in oat-based food may be damaging that reputation.  |  File photo

Glyphosate residues threaten oats

Oats is the crop that received the first U.S. health claim approval. It’s commonly seen as a miracle food that combines whole-grain, high fibre and heart-healthy characteristics. It forms the basis of many of the healthiest breakfast foods available, including oatmeal, Cheerios and granola bars. But recently it’s been hit by multiple claims that glyphosate […] Read more


A shareholder arrives at Bayer’s annual general meeting in Bonn, Germany, May 25 as people protest against the merger of the pharmaceutical and chemical maker with U.S. seeds and agrochemicals company Monsanto. A recent court ruling that it inherited from Monsanto has slashed Bayer’s share value. |  REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay photo

Is Bayer crash just the beginning?

It’s like Bayer is waking up with a giant hangover, finding a painful brand on its butt that might not fade away. The German crop science giant has taken over Monsanto, but its rebranding of the much-maligned American company is being greatly complicated by a massive jury award against it, one that came only days […] Read more

A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. | File photo

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world’s first Roundup cancer trial

(Reuters) – A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate […] Read more


A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate. | File photo

Brazil judge suspends use of glyphosate

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) — A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate, a herbicide widely employed for soybeans and other crops in the country. The federal judge ruled Aug. 3 that new products containing the chemical could not be registered in the country and existing registrations would be suspended […] Read more

France’s National Assembly approved a draft bill May 30 that would raise regulated minimum food prices and put curbs on supermarket promotions. | Getty image

French lawmakers approve field-to-fork food bill

PARIS, France (Reuters) — France’s National Assembly approved a draft bill May 30 that would raise regulated minimum food prices and put curbs on supermarket promotions. The legislation is designed to increase farmers’ income, improve food quality and fight waste. The field-to-fork review was a campaign promise of President Emmanuel Macron to farmers who complained […] Read more

Germany’s draft coalition deal includes a goal of ending the use of glyphosate but gives no time frame, after Berlin swung a vote in November extending its use across the European Union.
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German coalition deal includes ending glyphosate use

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) — Germany’s draft coalition deal includes a goal of ending the use of glyphosate but gives no time frame, after Berlin swung a vote in November extending its use across the European Union. The timing of an end to glyphosate use has been controversial in Europe amid a heated debate over whether […] Read more


France plans farmer exemption to glyphosate ban, if necessary

SAINT-GENES-CHAMPANELLE, France (Reuters) — France plans to exempt farmers from a ban on using the weed killer glyphosate in three years’ time as long as there is no credible alternative, President Emmanuel Macron said recently. Macron said in November glyphosate would be banned in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to extend […] Read more

After intense debate, the EU recently cleared U.S.-developed glyphosate for another five years despite concerns that the most widely used pesticide in the world can cause cancer.
 EU rules allow France to unilaterally ban the substance, however, an approach French president Emmanuel Macron has decided to take. He has given farmers and researchers three years to come up with an alternative.
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French farmers fear three year deadline to find glyphosate alternative too narrow

NIOVILLE, France (Reuters) — President Emmanuel Macron’s promise to rid France of glyphosate within three years has some farmers in the European Union’s largest grain-producing country on edge. After intense debate, the EU recently cleared U.S.-developed glyphosate for another five years despite concerns that the most widely used pesticide in the world can cause cancer. […] Read more