Europe has been wrestling for the past two years over what to do with the chemical, a key ingredient in Monsanto's top-selling Roundup, whose licence was set to expire Dec. 15. | File photo

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

Europe has been wrestling for the past two years over what to do with the chemical, a key ingredient in Monsanto's top-selling Roundup, whose licence was set to expire Dec. 15. | File photo

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

A U.S. study involving tens of thousands of agricultural workers over more than two decades found glyphosate’s link to cancer not “statistically significant.”  |  File photo

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


Science must be an open and transparent process that is willing to review research that might not support current beliefs.  |  File photo

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

Repeat something enough times and it eventually becomes gospel. Thanks to Facebook and Twitter, two misinformation machines, it’s now possible to say “glyphosate probably causes cancer” 50 million times in a month. | File photo

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 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. | File photo

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

Ed Ford says banning glyphosate would put his farm in Essex, northeast of London, at a competitive disadvantage. | Screencap via Reuters

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

A long-term study of pesticide applicators in the United States has found that glyphosate exposure is not associated with cancer. | File photo

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


Reuters found 10 significant changes were made between the draft chapter on animal studies and the published version of IARC’s glyphosate assessment that concluded there was “sufficient evidence” glyphosate causes cancer in animals and “limited evidence” it can do so in humans.  |  File photo

WHO agency edited out glyphosate’s ‘non-carcinogenic’ findings: Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) — The World Health Organization’s cancer agency dismissed and edited findings from a draft of its review of the herbicide glyphosate that were at odds with its final conclusion that the chemical probably causes cancer. Documents seen by Reuters show how a draft of a key section of the International Agency for Research […] Read more

Dr. Barry Blakley said suggestions from Dr. Ted Dupmeier, a large animal veterinarian, that sick animals get better when feed containing glyphosate is removed, and molasses is fed to improve gut microbes, aren’t supported by current scientific literature.
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Vet refutes theory on danger of glyphosate

A University of Saskatchewan toxicologist says it’s not likely that glyphosate residue in livestock feed is causing animals to become sick. Dr. Barry Blakley said suggestions from Dr. Ted Dupmeier, a large animal veterinarian, that sick animals get better when feed containing glyphosate is removed, and molasses is fed to improve gut microbes, aren’t supported […] Read more