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Bayer shares tumble on Monsanto's Roundup cancer verdict

Bayer shares plunged as much as 14 percent on Monday, losing about $14 billion in value after newly acquired Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a man who said ingredients used in the weedkiller had caused his cancer.

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Paris - Glyphosate, the world's most widely used herbicide and the active ingredient in Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, is the subject of fierce controversy all across the globe and is classified by the World Health Organization as "probably" being carcinogenic...

US giant Monsanto known for controversial chemicals

San Francisco - From "Agent Orange" and DDT to genetically modified crops, Monsanto has long been associated with controversial chemicals, but a US court order for it to pay damages because one of its herbicides may cause cancer could open the door to thousands more c...

Brazil wrestles with ban of controversial weed killer

Bras - Brazil's government is contesting a court suspension of licenses for products with glyphosate, one of the most common industrial weedkillers and the subject of a high-profile US case against agrochemical colossus Monsanto.

Dying groundskeeper links Monsanto's Roundup to cancer

San Francisco - A California groundskeeper dying of cancer said Monday he would "never" have used Monsanto weed killer Roundup, had he known it could lead to his terminal illness.

Dying groundskeeper to testify in Roundup cancer trial

San Francisco - A California groundskeeper dying of cancer is slated to testify Monday before jurors hearing evidence in his lawsuit blaming Monsanto weed killer Roundup for his terminal illness.

Bayer-Monsanto merger creates agrichemical juggernaut

Frankfurt Am Main - German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer will seal a $63-billion merger with US-based Monsanto Thursday, creating an agrichemical behemoth with lofty ambitions to feed the world but lambasted by environmentalists.

Bayer to ditch Monsanto name after mega-merger

Frankfurt Am Main - German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer will discard the name Monsanto when it takes over the controversial US seeds and pesticides producer this week, it said Monday.

EU battle heats up over controversial weedkiller

Brussels - A battle is heating up over whether the European Union will renew at year-end the licence for glyphosate, one of the world's most widely used weedkillers that some fear causes cancer.

EU parliament may deny access to Monsanto

Brussels - The European Parliament has been asked by its political leaders to deny access to executives and lobbyists for US agro-chemicals giant Monsanto, a parliament spokesman said Friday.

Op-Ed: The Great DNA Ripoff? Donate your DNA swab to corporations

Sydney - The theory is that your DNA swab can be used for “counselling” of whatever standard of usefulness. The practice is that you pay companies $80 for your DNA swab to be used for god knows what.

California to list Monsanto's glyphosate as 'cancer-causing'

Sacramento - California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced on Monday that the active ingredient in Monsanto's popular weed killer, glyphosate has been added to the state's list of chemicals believed to be linked to cancer.

Monsanto wins EPA approval for dicamba-based weed killer

On Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gave its approval for the use of Monsanto's dicamba-based herbicide XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology for use on dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans.

Monsanto aims to use CRISPR to engineer food

Agricultural biotech company Monsanto has licensed the use of the cutting edge CRISPR-Cas genome-editing technology for food production.

Bayer AG clinches deal to buyout Monsanto for $66 billion

German drug and farm chemical maker Bayer AG has finally reached a deal with U.S. seed and weed killer company Monsanto that could create a company that will control over a quarter of the world's market for seeds and pesticides.

Monsanto pulls its new GM cotton seed from India in protest

New Delhi - Monsanto has withdrawn its application seeking approval for its next-generation of genetically modified cotton seeds from India. Monsanto's latest move is in response to a long-standing dispute with the Indian government.

Court rules Monsanto can't dismiss farmer's cancer claim

Honolulu - A federal judge has refused Monsanto's request to dismiss a claim brought by a former coffee farmer who claims the company's weed-killer, Roundup caused her cancer.

Monarch butterfly: Canadian towns to help endangered species

An American study released earlier this year said there is a possibility that the number of monarch butterflies could fall so low their migratory patterns will be disrupted. The study authors said that could lead to the Monarch becoming "quasi-extinct."

Monsanto turns down Bayer's proposal, still open to negotiations

Monsanto has rejected a $62 billion takeover proposal from German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, calling the bid "incomplete and financially inadequate." However, negotiations still appear to be open.

Bayer-Monsanto tie-up fuels anti-GM debate in Germany

Frankfurt - A proposed tie-up between Bayer and Monsanto may still face numerous hurdles but it has already inflamed opinion in Germany where most people oppose genetically modified foods.

Study: Fate of Monarch butterfly may end up as 'quasi-extinction'

For some time scientists have raised alarm bells over the beautiful Monarch butterfly. Those bells just got a little louder with the release of a study that suggests the Monarch could actually become "quasi-extinct" in the not-too-distant future.

Essential Science: What is the concern about glyphosate?

Washington - After years of debate and lobbying, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to begin testing foods for the controversial herbicide glyphosate. What is this chemical and why might it be a problem?

Viral story linking Zika virus, microcephaly to Monsanto debunked

A spate of stories linking birth defects to Monsanto instead of the Zika virus have been widely debunked, and Monsanto spoke out on the issue Monday in order to clear up "rumors and misinformation."

Agrochemical companies circle their wagons over Zika virus

The seemingly increased number of cases of microcephaly in newborns in Brazil which coincided with a Zika virus outbreak has stunned the world. The Zika virus has been linked to cases of microcephaly, however there are some doctors who disagree.

Monsanto 'slammed' for violating European patent law on GMO melon

The European Patent Office has revoked a patent on genetically modified melons held by Agro-Giant Monsanto after a January 20, 2016 hearing held in Munich, Germany.

New study by USDA proves it was wrong about GE alfalfa

Monsanto's genetically engineered (GE) Roundup-Ready alfalfa has already cost farmers millions of dollars, and now, a new study by the USDA, the same agency that re-approved it, has found that GE alfalfa has really gone wild, literally.

Should a leading weedkiller be banned?

A debate is taking place about the use of glyphosate-based weedkillers. This is in relation to the possible carcinogenic effects of this widely used farm product.

Monsanto eyeing Mexico's indigenous corn varieties

Mexico's unique and varied native maize varieties are under attack from Monsanto, the world's largest seed producer as it vies to plant genetically modified (GMO) corn in the country.

Argentina study: 85% of tampons contaminated with glyphosate

La Plata - A new study conducted in Argentina has found that the vast majority of tampons, sanitary pads and sterile cotton products sold in the country are contaminated with glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, ruled to be a carcinogen by the WHO.

French minister asks shops to stop selling Roundup

French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal announced on Sunday the ban on the sale of Monsanto's popular weedkiller, Roundup in garden centers. The United Nations has warned the weedkiller may be carcinogenic.
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