A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate. | File photo

Brazil judge suspends use of glyphosate

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) — A Brazilian judge has suspended the use of products containing the agrochemical glyphosate, a herbicide widely employed for soybeans and other crops in the country. The federal judge ruled Aug. 3 that new products containing the chemical could not be registered in the country and existing registrations would be suspended […] Read more

France’s National Assembly approved a draft bill May 30 that would raise regulated minimum food prices and put curbs on supermarket promotions. | Getty image

French lawmakers approve field-to-fork food bill

PARIS, France (Reuters) — France’s National Assembly approved a draft bill May 30 that would raise regulated minimum food prices and put curbs on supermarket promotions. The legislation is designed to increase farmers’ income, improve food quality and fight waste. The field-to-fork review was a campaign promise of President Emmanuel Macron to farmers who complained […] Read more

Germany’s draft coalition deal includes a goal of ending the use of glyphosate but gives no time frame, after Berlin swung a vote in November extending its use across the European Union.
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German coalition deal includes ending glyphosate use

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) — Germany’s draft coalition deal includes a goal of ending the use of glyphosate but gives no time frame, after Berlin swung a vote in November extending its use across the European Union. The timing of an end to glyphosate use has been controversial in Europe amid a heated debate over whether […] Read more


France plans farmer exemption to glyphosate ban, if necessary

SAINT-GENES-CHAMPANELLE, France (Reuters) — France plans to exempt farmers from a ban on using the weed killer glyphosate in three years’ time as long as there is no credible alternative, President Emmanuel Macron said recently. Macron said in November glyphosate would be banned in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to extend […] Read more

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.
 EU rules allow France to unilaterally ban the substance, however, an approach French president Emmanuel Macron has decided to take. He has given farmers and researchers three years to come up with an alternative.
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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


In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in California, Monsanto and groups representing corn, soybeans and wheat farmers reject that glyphosate causes cancer. | File photo

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

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

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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