Roundup-related lawsuits have dogged Bayer since it bought Monsanto in 2018. | Reuters/Mike Blake photo

Bayer takes Roundup battle to Supreme Court

Company hopes top U.S. bench will reverse lower court rulings that ordered millions of dollars in glyphosate damages

FRANKFURT (Reuters) — Bayer, trying to contain billions of dollars in legal costs, has filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court verdict that upheld damages to a customer who blamed his cancer on the company’s glyphosate-based herbicide. Bayer recently lost a third appeal against verdicts that sided with users […] Read more

Glyphosate technical values in China have remained flat for the past three or four weeks for the first time since January 2020.
 Unfortunately, that does not mean there will be an immediate corresponding flattening out in prices of the herbicide. | File photo

When will glyphosate prices fall?

The price of the active ingredient in glyphosate appears to have reached a ceiling and that should eventually bring an end to a series of price hikes for the popular herbicide. Glyphosate technical values in China have remained flat for the past three or four weeks for the first time since January 2020. “This is […] Read more

Many urban voters have a negative impression of glyphosate, the most popular brand being Roundup, due to frivolous (even if successful) lawsuits in the United States, and pressure from the so-called environmental-defence crowd. | File photo

Farmers’ tool, not politicians’ tactic

Ahead of a federal election call, three federal ministers called a halt to a process that would likely have yielded quick results on increasing the maximum residue limits for glyphosate applied to dry beans, lentils and peas. Regular reviews of the scientific data for safe levels of pesticides on food products and in the environment […] Read more


Roundup-related lawsuits have dogged the company since it acquired the brand as part of its $63 billion purchase of agricultural seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto in 2018. | File photo

Bayer takes legal battle over Roundup cancer claims to U.S. Supreme Court

FRANKFURT, Aug 16 (Reuters) – Bayer, trying to contain billions of dollars in legal costs, filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court verdict that upheld damages to a customer blaming his cancer on the German group’s glyphosate-based weedkillers. Bayer last week lost a third appeal against verdicts that sided […] Read more

A California appeals court late on Monday upheld an $86 million verdict that found Bayer responsible for a couple's cancer after using Bayer's glyphosate-based Roundup against weeds. | File photo

Bayer loses third appeals case over glyphosate

FRANKFURT, Aug 10 (Reuters) – Bayer lost a third appeal against U.S. court verdicts that awarded damages to customers blaming their cancers on use of its glyphosate-based weedkillers, leaving the German drugs and pesticides group to pin hopes for legal relief on the U.S. Supreme Court. A California appeals court late on Monday upheld an […] Read more


Health Canada’s proposed new maximum residue levels for glyphosate would move them closer to American and international regulations. | File photo

Glyphosate MRLs may be increased

In May, Health Canada proposed increasing the maximum residue levels of glyphosate for commodities such as oats, lentils, peas and beans. Canadians had 75 days to comment on the changes. The consultation period ended July 20. For certain crops, the proposed MRLs are higher than previous levels. The Canadian Organic Trade Association said this is […] Read more

AgriBusiness Global, a publication that reports on crop inputs, ran a story recently forecasting that the price of glyphosate 95 percent, which is the active ingredient for making glyphosate, will average US$6.20 to $6.90 per kilogram in China in May. That is more than double last year’s prices and the highest level in three years. | File photo

Glyphosate price hike may be coming

Glyphosate prices may soon be on the rise in Canada due to a doubling of the active ingredient price in China, says an industry executive. “There is no doubt there is going to be an impact at some point in Canada,” said Marc-Andre Fortin, director of North American crop protection with Farmers Business Network. The […] Read more

AgriBusiness Global, a publication that reports on crop inputs, ran a story recently forecasting that the price of glyphosate 95 percent, which is the active ingredient for making glyphosate, will average US$6.20 to $6.90 per kilogram in China in May. That is more than double last year’s prices and the highest level in three years. | File photo

Farmers warned to expect glyphosate price hike

Glyphosate prices may soon be on the rise in Canada due to a doubling of the active ingredient price in China, says an industry executive. “There is no doubt there is going to be an impact at some point in Canada,” said Marc-Andre Fortin, director of North American crop protection with Farmers Business Network. The […] Read more


Juan Cortina, president of Mexico’s Farm Council, said he thinks the lawsuits are needed to get the government to back down. | File photo

Glyphosate, GM corn ban lawsuits likely in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — The Mexican government’s plan to stop importing genetically modified corn and using glyphosate will likely face legal challenges this month to reverse the proposal, according to the new head of Mexico’s top farm lobby. Juan Cortina, president of Mexico’s Farm Council, said he thinks the lawsuits are needed to get the […] Read more

Bayer kicked off a massive lobbying effort last year after Thailand announced plans to ban glyphosate.  | REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay photo

In the weeds

BANGKOK, Thailand (Reuters) — Chemical giant Bayer and the United States government co-operated last year to lobby Thailand to reverse its ban on glyphosate, documents obtained by an environmental group and reviewed by Reuters show. The lobbying, including U.S. trade officials asking Bayer for information on Thailand’s deputy agriculture minister, is detailed in more than […] Read more