France may slow glyphosate exit

PARIS, France (Reuters) — Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based herbicides by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision […] Read more

In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision to extend its use for five years after a heated debate over whether the weed-killer, developed by Bayer-owned Monsanto, can cause cancer. | Screencap via Twitter/@EmmanuelMacron

France suggests glyphosate exit could be even slower than planned

PARIS, (Reuters) – Only half of France’s farmland could do without glyphosate-based weed-killers by 2021, the country’s farm minister suggested recently, further lowering an initial ambition to get rid of the controversial chemical by then. In November 2017, President Emmanuel Macron pledged to ban glyphosate in France within three years, rejecting a European Union decision […] Read more

Bayer AG on Monday faced a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company's share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court. | File photo

U.S. trial tests claims Roundup weed killer caused cancer

REUTERS – Bayer AG on Monday faced a second U.S. jury over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer, six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a $289 million verdict in California state court. The lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company began on Monday morning in […] Read more


Analysts at Brazilian health agency Anvisa have determined that the weedkiller glyphosate does not cause cancer while recommending exposure limits as international pressure to reduce use of the chemical grows. | File photo

Brazil health officials find weedkiller glyphosate non-cancerous

BRASILIA, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Analysts at Brazilian health agency Anvisa have determined that the weedkiller glyphosate does not cause cancer while recommending exposure limits as international pressure to reduce use of the chemical grows. Companies such as Bayer AG and its unit Monsanto, which produces glyphosate-based weedkillers, have faced legal challenges over allegations that […] Read more

An article that ran in Sustainable Pulse, which appears to be an anti-GMO website, said China is set to “shock markets” with a maximum residue limit of 200 parts per billion or lower on all imported food and raw materials.
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Officials poke holes in China-glyphosate residue story

Canadian agriculture industry officials are casting doubt on a report that China is poised to introduce restrictive glyphosate residue limits. An article that ran in Sustainable Pulse, which appears to be an anti-GMO website, said China is set to “shock markets” with a maximum residue limit of 200 parts per billion or lower on all […] Read more


The European market is significant because it has traditionally been a major destination for Canadian flax, lentils and other organic commodities. | File photo

Glyphosate residues snare organics

BRANDON — Canadians are struggling to sell organic food and grains into Europe, even though it’s the world’s second largest market. That’s because Europeans are finding trace amounts of glyphosate in organic shipments from Canada. “Many of the containers of grains that arrive in Europe are being rejected because of glyphosate contamination,” said Laura Telford, […] Read more

The company denies allegations that glyphosate causes cancer and says decades of independent studies have shown the chemical to be safe for human use. | File photo

U.S. judge to allow controversial evidence in Roundup cancer trials

Jan 28 (Reuters) – A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based Roundup weed killer causes cancer on Monday tentatively allowed pieces of controversial evidence that the company had hoped to exclude from upcoming trials. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria during a hearing in San Francisco federal court called his decision “probably most disappointing […] Read more

One miller has said they found oats and other grains treated with pre-harvest glyphosate doesn't mill as well as untreated grains. | File photo

Beyond health and safety, glyphosate raises milling questions

WINNIPEG – There’s more to the controversy surrounding glyphosate than whether the weed-killing chemical is safe to use or not. One miller has said they found oats and other grains treated with pre-harvest glyphosate doesn’t mill as well as untreated grains. Since 2015, Grain Millers Inc. has had a glyphosate-free policy on oats in place, […] Read more


Health Canada is sticking by its decision that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a cancer risk and isn't a concern to human health. | File photo

Health Canada confirms glyphosate safety

Health Canada is sticking by its decision that glyphosate is unlikely to pose a cancer risk and isn’t a concern to human health. In 2017, Health Canada released a re-evaluation decision on glyphosate, a weed killer commonly known by its trade name Roundup. At the time federal scientists concluded that “products containing glyphosate do not […] Read more

U.S. ag researcher says he’s paid high price for his views

Kevin Folta is no stranger to controversy. The University of Florida researcher and agriculture communicator is frequently pilloried by some factions in social media for his explanations about agricultural practices, biotechnology and crop chemistry. He regularly blogs, tweets and podcasts about the latest concerns regarding food safety, yet on one topic at least, he feels […] Read more