Health Canada is sticking by its decision that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a cancer risk and isn't a concern to human health. | File photo

Health Canada confirms glyphosate safety

Health Canada is sticking by its decision that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a cancer risk and isn’t a concern to human health. In 2017, Health Canada released a re-evaluation decision on glyphosate, a weed killer commonly known by its trade name Roundup. At the time federal scientists concluded that “products containing glyphosate do not […] Read more

U.S. ag researcher says he’s paid high price for his views

Kevin Folta is no stranger to controversy. The University of Florida researcher and agriculture communicator is frequently pilloried by some factions in social media for his explanations about agricultural practices, biotechnology and crop chemistry. He regularly blogs, tweets and podcasts about the latest concerns regarding food safety, yet on one topic at least, he feels […] Read more

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Erin Brockovich called out on glyphosate

U.S. researcher says famous environmentalist is part of a movement that is ‘working against agricultural chemistry’

Erin Brockovich has a new cause. The legal clerk and environmental activist built a case against California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1993 and secured compensation for people made ill by the company’s chemical use. Her success was immortalized in a movie starring Julia Roberts. Now Brockovich has targeted glyphosate. That isn’t sitting well […] Read more


Pulse exporters see residue standards as a positive development because now they know what the Indian government will tolerate. | File photo

India begins testing for glyphosate

Exporters see residue standards as a positive development because now they know what the country will tolerate

Exporters are facing yet another risk factor when shipping pulses to India. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has ordered its officers to direct laboratories to test imported pulses for glyphosate residue. “There is a possibility of higher levels of residues of (the) herbicide glyphosate in pulses, thereby adversely affecting the health of […] Read more

The case was brought by groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson and the August 10 verdict included an additional $39 million in compensatory damages. Johnson, whose doctors say he is likely to die within the next two years, attended Wednesday's hearing. | Reuters photo

New trial likely in $250 million U.S. glyphosate ruling

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT (Reuters) — A fresh trial could overturn $250 million in damages against Bayer’s Monsanto unit after a jury ruled in August that the company failed to warn users of the alleged cancer risks of its herbicides. The original verdict wiped 10 percent off the value of the company and marked the first such […] Read more


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Pesticide residue in food still top of mind for consumers

Every day seems to bring another story of a food processor fighting claims that its products contain dangerous levels of pesticide residues. Companies have had to replace packaging and product descriptions because of legal actions. They have been forced to acknowledge that tiny residues may, in fact, be found in their products. They have then […] Read more

The case was brought by groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson and the August 10 verdict included an additional $39 million in compensatory damages. Johnson, whose doctors say he is likely to die within the next two years, attended Wednesday's hearing. | Reuters photo

Bayer lifted by likely new trial in $289 million glyphosate case

SAN FRANCISCO/FRANKFURT, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The prospect of a fresh trial that could overturn $289 million damages against Bayer’s Monsanto unit lifted the German company’s shares, after an August ruling that it failed to warn users of the alleged cancer risks of its weedkillers. The original verdict wiped 10 percent off the value of […] Read more

Bayer’s Monsanto unit has asked a judge to throw out a $289-million verdict on glyphosate.  |  Getty images

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 last week for California Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos in San Francisco to […] Read more


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