The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is a man who farms near Moose Jaw and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma five years ago. The farmer contacted Merchant Law Group last September. | File photo

Sask. farmer leads class action glyphosate lawsuit

A Moose Jaw, Sask., farmer who was diagnosed with cancer five years ago is leading a class action lawsuit against Bayer and Monsanto. The lawsuit, filed in Saskatchewan, contends that exposure to Roundup herbicide contributed to his cancer and the cancer of other Canadians participating in the class action. As well, the suit claims Monsanto, […] Read more


New attack on glyphosate requires immediate action

Vietnam’s decision to ban farmers from using glyphosate is troubling in three ways: it appears to rely on decisions set by lay juries rather than science, it appears also to apply to imports, and it may be the beginning of a trend. Canada exports about $297 million in agricultural products annually to Vietnam, so the […] Read more


Vietnam is a relatively small producer of grains, oilseeds and other crops, but the country does have 25 million farmers. Its decision on glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, prompted strong reactions from high places. | Screencap via ppd.gov.vn

Vietnam’s glyphosate ban sparks consternation

In a decision that appeared to come out of nowhere, Vietnam has banned the use of glyphosate. Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the decision yesterday. The ban will take effect 60 days from April 10. “Herbicides containing glyphosate cannot be produced in or imported into Vietnam,” VN Express International reported. Products containing […] Read more

The bill, which has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, focuses on oats.  |  File photo

U.S. bill would ban pre-harvest glyphosate use on oats

A member of the U.S. House of Representatives wants the federal government to ban the use of glyphosate on oats before harvest. Earlier this month, representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced the Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to routinely test food for glyphosate residues. It […] Read more


A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG's glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases. | File photo

U.S. jury finds Bayer’s Roundup caused man’s cancer

March 19 (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Tuesday found Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer caused a man’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in a bellwether trial that may help determine the course of hundreds of similar cases. The finding by the unanimous jury in San Francisco federal court clears the way for that same jury to determine […] Read more

Late last week, representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced the Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to routinely test food for glyphosate residues. It would also prohibit spraying of glyphosate, on oats as a pre-harvest drying agent. | File photo

U.S. bill would ban pre-harvest glyphosate on oats

A member of the U.S. House of Representatives wants the federal government to ban the use of glyphosate on oats before harvest. Late last week, representative Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced the Keep Food Safe from Glyphosate Act. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to routinely test food for glyphosate residues. It […] Read more

France may slow glyphosate exit

PARIS, France (Reuters) — Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based herbicides by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision […] Read more


In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to extend its use for five years after a heated debate over whether the weed-killer, developed by Bayer-owned Monsanto, can cause cancer. | Screencap via Twitter/@EmmanuelMacron

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

PARIS, (Reuters) – Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested recently, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision […] Read more

Bayer AG on Monday faced a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company's share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court. | File photo

U.S. trial tests claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

REUTERS – Bayer AG on Monday faced a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court. The lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company began on Monday morning in […] Read more