A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company's glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. | File photo

Monsanto ordered to pay $289 million in world’s first Roundup cancer trial

(Reuters) – A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a man who alleged the company’s glyphosate-based weed-killers, including Roundup, caused his cancer and ordered the company to pay $289 million in damages. The case of school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson was the first lawsuit to go to trial alleging glyphosate […] Read more

Bayer has won approval in the United States for its  takeover of Monsanto after agreeing to sell about US$9 billion in assets. | Flickr photo

Bayer wins U.S. nod for Monsanto deal to create agriculture giant

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Bayer has won approval in the United States for its planned takeover of Monsanto after agreeing to sell about US$9 billion in assets. It clears a major hurdle for the $62.5 billion deal that will create by far the largest seeds and pesticides maker. Makan Delrahim, who heads the U.S. Justice Department’s […] Read more

Monsanto has been involved in a long-running battle in India over royalties paid by local seed companies for its GM cotton. | Reuters photo

Monsanto appeals to India’s top court over GM cotton patents

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Monsanto Co has appealed to India’s Supreme Court against a ruling by the Delhi High Court which decreed last month that the world’s biggest seed maker cannot claim patents on its GM cotton seeds, a company spokesman said on Friday. The Delhi High Court last month concurred with Indian seed company […] Read more


Monsanto has been involved in a long-running battle in India over royalties paid by local seed companies for its GM cotton. | Reuters photo

Monsanto loses Indian legal battle over GM cotton patents

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A court ruled on Wednesday that Monsanto cannot claim patents on its genetically modified (GM) cotton seeds in India, the Indian company that brought the case said. Citing an Indian law that excludes seeds from being patented, Nuziveedu Seeds Ltd (NSL) argued that the U.S. seeds company was not eligible to […] Read more

U.S. agrochemicals company Monsanto Co told Reuters late last year that
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Indian state warns local firms over spread of unauthorized Monsanto GM cotton

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – A top Indian cotton-growing state has told two local companies that seeds they sold to farmers may have contained traces of an unapproved GM strain from Monsanto, according to government notices seen by Reuters that warn of action against the firms. U.S. agrochemicals company Monsanto Co told Reuters late last year […] Read more


Monsanto’s troubles with its Roundup Ready 2 Extend variety is said to be opening the door to its rivals in the soybean variety business.  |  File photo

Battle of the beans

WINNIPEG/CHICAGO — Monsanto is facing major threats to its historic dominance of seed and herbicide technology for the $40 billion U.S. soybean market. Rivals BASF and DowDuPont are preparing to push their own varieties of genetically modified soybeans. At stake is control over seed supply for the next generation of farmers producing the most valuable […] Read more

Monsanto froze plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which can protect corn, soybeans and cotton from nematodes worms that reduce yields. The company said it conducted three years of field tests across the United States in preparation for a full launch and that more than 400 people used it this year as part of a trial. | Screencap via www.acceleronsas.com

Monsanto halts launch of U.S. seed treatment after users complain of rashes

CHICAGO, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co. has put on hold the launch of a new seed treatment following reports it causes rashes on people. It is the latest instance of complaints about a company product that was approved by U.S. environmental regulators. Monsanto froze plans for commercial sales of the product called NemaStrike, which […] Read more

Sales of corn seed and traits, Monsanto's biggest segment by revenue, rose nearly 16 percent in the quarter ended Aug. 31. | File photo

Monsanto 4th quarter profit up as corn, soy seed sales jump

CHICAGO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Monsanto Co, which is being acquired by Bayer AG , reported a quarterly profit of US$20 million, compared with a year-ago loss of $191 million, as seed licensing deals in the typically low-revenue fourth quarter lifted sales. Monsanto shares were up slightly at $119.88 after earlier touching a more-than-two-year high. […] Read more


Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. | Bayer photo

Bayer to sell Liberty crop protection brands in Monsanto deal

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seed businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will account for the bulk of asset sales, worth about $2.5 billion, which need to […] Read more

Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. | Bayer photo

Bayer to sell Liberty crop protection brands to get Monsanto deal passed

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Bayer has agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to win antitrust approval for its acquisition of Monsanto. The divestment of the two global brands, a requirement imposed by South Africa’s Competition Commission, will account for the bulk of asset sales, worth about $2.5 billion, which need to […] Read more