“We listened. We learned,” Bayer said on its website, adding that it had “heightened responsibility and ... unique potential to advance farming for the benefit of society and the planet.”
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Bayer looks for new herbicides

FRANKFURT, Germany (Reuters) — Germany’s Bayer seeks to repair its reputation after damage caused by litigation in United States over claims its glyphosate pesticide causes cancer. It has promised to invest five billion euros (C$7.5 billion) in weed killer research. Bayer’s shares hit seven-year lows after a California couple was last month awarded more than […] Read more

Bayer's shares hit seven-year lows after a California couple was last month awarded more than $2 billion in the largest-ever U.S. jury award over claims that glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup, which the German life sciences group acquired when it took over Monsanto, causes cancer. | File photo

Bayer to invest $7.5 billion in weedkiller research to help reputation

FRANKFURT, June 14 (Reuters) – Germany’s Bayer sought to repair its reputation on Friday after damage caused by U.S. litigation over claims its glyphosate pesticide causes cancer, saying it would invest 5 billion euros (CDN $7.5 billion) in weedkiller research. Bayer’s shares hit seven-year lows after a California couple was last month awarded more than […] Read more

The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is a man who farms near Moose Jaw and was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma five years ago. The farmer contacted Merchant Law Group last September. | File photo

Sask. farmer leads class action glyphosate lawsuit

A Moose Jaw, Sask., farmer who was diagnosed with cancer five years ago is leading a class action lawsuit against Bayer and Monsanto. The lawsuit, filed in Saskatchewan, contends that exposure to Roundup herbicide contributed to his cancer and the cancer of other Canadians participating in the class action. As well, the suit claims Monsanto, […] Read more


Aprosoja Brasil, which called the initiative

Brazil grain growers launch hotline to report Bayer’s market practices

SAO PAULO, April 23 (Reuters) – A Brazilian grain growers association has launched a hotline to encourage farmers to report practices on the part of Germany’s Bayer SA that potentially could be anti-competitive, according to statement sent to Reuters on Tuesday. Aprosoja Brasil, which called the initiative “an awareness campaign,” aims to galvanize farmers to […] Read more

Bayer AG faced a second American jury Feb. 25 over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer.
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U.S. trial tests claim chemicals in Roundup caused cancer

(Reuters) — Bayer AG faced a second American jury Feb. 25 over allegations that its popular glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup causes cancer. The trial comes six months after the company’s share price was rocked by a US$289 million verdict in California state court. The lawsuit by California resident Edwin Hardeman against the company began in […] Read more


Bayer's $63 billion purchase of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto made its mark on the German company's fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifting profit and boding well for the peak season of its enlarged agriculture business. | Bayer photo

Bayer reaps profit lift from Monsanto seeds, consumer health

LEVERKUSEN, Germany, (Reuters) – Bayer’s $63 billion purchase of U.S. seeds maker Monsanto made its mark on the German company’s fourth quarter earnings on Wednesday, lifting profit and boding well for the peak season of its enlarged agriculture business. However, mounting litigation risks related to Monsanto still cast a pall over an adjusted core earnings […] Read more

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