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

The agency was withdrawing the marketing licence for 36 products and these would no longer be authorized for use after the end of next year, it said in a statement.
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French regulator to ban glyphosate products

The country’s health and environment agency ruled that not enough data is available to rule out health risks

PARIS, France (Reuters) — French health and environment agency ANSES said Dec. 9 it was banning glyphosate-based herbicides that represent most of the volume of such products sold in France, ruling there was insufficient data to exclude health risks. The agency was withdrawing the marketing licence for 36 products and these would no longer be […] Read more


Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup, a Monsanto herbicide. Bayer purchased Monsanto in 2016. The deal was finalized in 2018. | File photo

More glyphosate class action suits planned in Canada

Glyphosate lawsuits are multiplying in Canada. At least 360 Canadians have contacted law firms, asking to join class action suits against Bayer and Monsanto. This spring, Merchant Law Group filed the first class-action lawsuit in Canada. The lawsuit contends that exposure to glyphosate contributed to the cancer of a Saskatchewan farmer and the cancer of […] Read more

The ban itself doesn’t extend to agricultural products, but farmers are also calling for Thailand to ban all imports of crops from countries where the chemicals are used.
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Thailand plans glyphosate ban

BANGKOK (Reuters) — Thailand’s ban on glyphosate, which its government deemed hazardous, could threaten imports of American agricultural products into Thailand, the U.S. government says. The country’s National Hazardous Substances Committee voted Oct. 22 to ban the use of three “hazardous chemicals,” including paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos. The ban, which will take effect Dec. 1, […] Read more

Seed moisture must be less than 30 percent when pre-harvest glyphosate is applied.  |  File photo

Extra care urged when applying fall glyphosate

Producers are warned that herbicide residues detected in overseas shipments could potentially disrupt international export market

Crop specialists say farmers should be more mindful if applying pre-harvest glyphosate this fall, given many fields have uneven levels of maturity. They say producers will have to make sure all crops reach their maturity level before applying. If they apply too early, residues could end up in kernels and potentially jeopardize markets. “Consumers around […] Read more


More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and legal experts say Bayer, which acquired the herbicide when it bought Monsanto, and the plaintiffs face several obstacles on the path toward settlement.  |  REUTERS/Mike Blake photo

Bayer faces obstacles settling Roundup lawsuits

(Reuters) — Bayer is in mediation to potentially settle thousands of American lawsuits claiming that the company’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer, but some legal experts said the cases raise questions that may prevent an easy settlement. More than 18,400 plaintiffs claim Roundup causes a type of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Bayer to date has […] Read more

Crop specialists say producers will have to make sure all crops reach their maturity level before applying. If they apply too early, residues could end up in kernels and potentially jeopardize markets. | File photo

Farmers urged to take extra care when applying fall glyphosate

Crop specialists say farmers should be more mindful if applying pre-harvest glyphosate this fall, given many fields have uneven levels of maturity. They say producers will have to make sure all crops reach their maturity level before applying. If they apply too early, residues could end up in kernels and potentially jeopardize markets. “Consumers around […] Read more