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

As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy group based in California, announced this morning that Kellogg's has committed to phase out

Kellogg’s website commits to phasing out glyphosate

Kellogg’s, maker of iconic brands like Corn Flakes and Froot Loops, wants farmers to stop using glyphosate prior to harvest. As You Sow, a shareholder advocacy group based in California, announced this morning that Kellogg’s has committed to phase out “the use of glyphosate as a pre-harvest drying agent in its major wheat and oat […] Read more

It is too soon to write off glyphosate access just yet

Is there an inexorable drive to ban glyphosate? Is it inevitable? There is certainly a drive by some opponents to eliminate the world’s most commonly used herbicide, but whether it’s unstoppable is to be determined. Weed scientist Hugh Beckie, formerly of Agriculture Canada and now director of Australia’s herbicide resistance initiative at the University of […] Read more


There is an increased emphasis on developing new modes of action in herbicides, but the loss of glyphosate in the weed control arsenal would be seen by many as a major blow.  |  File photo

Agriculture contemplates life without glyphosate

Glyphosate, the herbicide that has revolutionized weed control since its introduction in 1974, faces steadily increasing restrictions and in some cases outright bans in various countries around the world. That situation is putting pressure on farmers to find alternative measures of weed control. Though there is increased emphasis now on developing new modes of action […] Read more

On Dec. 4, the government lifted the ban on glyphosate, saying its use could continue within current maximum residue limits, and delayed the bans on paraquat and chlorpyrifos for six months to June 1.
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Thailand reverses ban on pesticides

BANGKOK, Thailand (Reuters) — Thailand’s government on Dec. 4 reversed a planned ban on glyphosate and delayed the imposition of bans on two other chemicals used as agricultural pesticides, citing adverse effects on farmers, industry and international trade. Many local farmers groups have been staging protests opposing the ban, saying that the lack of inexpensive […] Read more