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


U.S. farm groups, Monsanto sue over glyphosate warning

CHICAGO, Ill. (Reuters) — Monsanto and U.S. farm groups sued California in mid-November to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate. The government of the most populous U.S. state added glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, to its list of cancer-causing chemicals in July […] Read more


EU sticks with glyphosate

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — Germany defeated its key European Union ally France in a very tight vote Nov. 27 to clear the use of glyphosate for the next five years after a heated debate over whether it causes cancer. After months of indecisive votes among the 28 member states in Brussels, Germany, where Chancellor Angela […] Read more



Germany swings EU vote in favour of glyphosate

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) — Germany defeated its key European Union ally France in a very tight vote today to clear the use of glyphosate for the next five years after a heated debate over whether it causes cancer. After months of indecisive votes among the 28 member states in Brussels, Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel […] Read more


U.S. farm study finds no firm cancer link to glyphosate

LONDON, U.K. (Reuters) — A large long-term study on the use of glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer. Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the study found there was no association between glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s […] Read more



Real science willing to correct mistakes

I likely can’t count the number of times I have spoken or written the words science-based. It is a mantra of sorts. And for good reason. Technology is the most important competitive advantage for Canadian agriculture. This is how we are going to compete with emerging exporters and key international competitors. The alternative to science-based […] Read more


Repetition trumps truth

Insight can arrive at the strangest times. I learned that in 2015 when I was working on a story about Canada’s Inuit people and how they have dozens of words for snow. As part of the piece, I spoke with Graham Nesbitt, who worked at an Inuit cultural centre in Iqaluit. He said there probably […] Read more


Monsanto, U.S. farm groups sue California over glyphosate warnings

CHICAGO, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. and U.S. farm groups sued California on Wednesday to stop the state from requiring cancer warnings on products containing the widely used weed killer glyphosate, which the company sells to farmers to apply to its genetically engineered crops. The government of the most populous U.S. state added glyphosate, […] Read more



VIDEO: The future of glyphosate in Europe

The future use of the herbicide glyphosate is a highly charged political issue in Europe. This video story from our partners at Reuters News Agency looks at how one British farmer sees the issues. Last week the European Union’s 28 countries failed to approve or reject the European Commission’s proposal for a five-year extension to […] Read more


Study finds no firm glyphosate-cancer link

A long-term study of pesticide applicators in the United States has found that glyphosate exposure is not associated with cancer. The Agricultural Health Study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, looked at the cancer incidence in 54,251 farmers and ag workers in Iowa and North Carolina. Of that group, 44,932 had used […] Read more