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Scientists Make 'Critical' Find on Honeybees, Herbicide

Glyphosate, used in Monsanto's Roundup, may kill off insects' essential gut bacteria

(Newser) - Animals don't seem to be harmed by the world's most widely used weedkiller, but bees apparently don't fall under that protective umbrella. "This is really critical," one entomologist tells Science of a new study showing the digestive system of honeybees (and possibly other bees as... More »

Vietnam: $289M Verdict Against Monsanto Sets Precedent

The country wants Monsanto to pay for Agent Orange use

(Newser) - Bayer may want to pop one of its namesake aspirins. In addition to facing some 8,000 lawsuits ( at last count ) claiming that glyphosate herbicides produced by Monsanto—a company that the drugmaker bought in June—cause cancer, Vietnam is now demanding compensation because of the use of... More »

Ex-Groundskeeper Wins $289M From Monsanto: Case 'Bigger Than Me'

Dewayne Johnson wins suit against company in San Francisco

(Newser) - A San Francisco jury on Friday ordered agribusiness giant Monsanto to pay $289 million to an ex-school groundskeeper dying of cancer, saying the company's Roundup weed killer contributed to his disease. Dewayne Johnson's suit was the first of thousands of cases filed in state and federal courts alleging... More »

Judge Delivers Bad News to Makers of Roundup

Hundreds of lawsuits alleging a link to cancer move forward

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that hundreds of lawsuits by people attributing their cancer to the weed-killer Roundup can proceed to trial, reports Reuters . Despite referring to expert opinions that active ingredient glyphosate causes cancer as "shaky," US District Judge Vince Chhabria concluded that a jury might find... More »

Dying Man Gets His Day in Court Against Monsanto

He blames Roundup for his cancer

(Newser) - DeWayne Johnson is going to die—but first, he will see the company he blames for his cancer in court. Johnson, a 46-year-old father of three, is the first of hundreds of cancer patients suing Monsanto to have his case go to trial, the International Business Times reports. The California... More »

New Owners Will Lose Monsanto Name

The agri-chemical company will get some new branding once it's officially acquired by Bayer

(Newser) - Monsanto , a name many critics equate with genetically modified crops and the heavy use of herbicides, will be rebranded once German pharma leader Bayer takes the helm, NPR reports. Bayer announced in 2016 it would acquire the agri-chemical business and this week said, following the takeover, "Monsanto will... More »

Monsanto Weed Killer Is Huge, Contentious—and Incentivized

Monsanto offering a big rebate to farmers who use XtendiMax on soybeans in 2018

(Newser) - The crop in question is soybeans, but there's now a big carrot involved. Reuters reports Monsanto is offering what can amount to a more than 50% rebate to farmers who agree to use the herbicide XtendiMax with VaporGrip on their 2018 soybean crop. A rep for Monsanto calls use... More »

Unexpected Ben & Jerry's Ingredient: Herbicide

Traces of glyphosate found in ice cream samples

(Newser) - Ben & Jerry's: non-GMO , fair trade , made with " caring dairy " and cage-free eggs , concerned with the environment ... and containing herbicide? The popular ice cream brand is under fire after the Organic Consumers Association released Tuesday a list of food brands found to contain traces of glyphosate, the... More »

California Has Bad News for Signature Monsanto Product

Glyphosate, active ingredient in Roundup, to be added to state's carcinogens list

(Newser) - California's latest environmental and health crackdown has Monsanto in its crosshairs: Reuters reports that as of July 7, glyphosate , the herbicide serving as the main ingredient in the agrochemical company's Roundup weed killer, will take a spot on the Golden State's list of cancer-causing chemicals, per the... More »

Monsanto Under Fire Over Alleged Risks of Roundup

But company also got some good news out of Europe

(Newser) - Monsanto has had a big—and mostly bad—week, with lots of headlines revolving around something called glyphosate, the key ingredient in its popular herbicide Roundup. Here's what's happening:
  • On Friday, Monsanto lost a court fight to prevent California from labeling glyphosate a carcinogen, reports the Fresno Bee
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5 Best, 5 Worst Company Reputations

Congrats, Amazon

(Newser) - Congrats, Amazon. The company has the best reputation among American consumers, according to 24/7 Wall St. , which lists the companies with the best and worst reputations based on the 2017 Harris Poll and American Customer Satisfaction Index. The top five in each category, with a reputation score out of 100:... More »

Chemical Brothers: Monsanto Acquired by Bayer for $66B

Bayer AG is paying big bucks to acquire the seed and weedkiller company

(Newser) - After months of courtship, German drug and farm chemical maker Bayer AG has finally reached an agreement to buy US seed and weedkiller company Monsanto, in a deal valued at $66 billion, the AP reports. In a statement Wednesday, Bayer said it's paying Monsanto shareholders $128 per share in... More »

Judge Rules Against Monsanto in Cancer Lawsuit

Former coffee farmer suing over Roundup herbicide

(Newser) - A former coffee farmer who says Monsanto's widely used Roundup herbicide caused her cancer scored a win last week when a federal judge rejected the company's request to dismiss the case. Christine Sheppard was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2003, seven years after she started using Roundup... More »

Monsanto's New Goal: Wilt-Free Flowers

MIT says it's working on way to make plants 'bloom on command'

(Newser) - Monsanto may be out to conquer a new area of the plant world: commercial flowers. A post at MIT Technology Review explains that the company has applied for a patent on a technique that could make it dramatically easier to sell and ship flowers—by preventing them from wilting. The... More »

On Quiet Day, Dow Drops 8

Monsanto up 4% after unexpected offer from Bayer

(Newser) - Stocks closed slightly lower Monday after a day of wavering between small gains and losses, the AP reports. Many traders were waiting on the sidelines for more clues about what the Federal Reserve might to at its next policy meeting in June. Last week many were surprised to hear that... More »

4 Things to Know About the $62B Bid for Monsanto

Bayer announces specifics of its bid

(Newser) - A German company, in a country that's definitely no fan of genetically modified crops, has offered to buy the world's biggest producer of the seeds they come from for $62 billion—in cash. Bayer on Monday said its offer of $122 a share is a 37% premium over... More »

Cancer-Stricken Farmers Sue Monsanto Over Roundup

They allege company is hiding herbicide's dangers

(Newser) - Three cancer-stricken Nebraska farmers and an agronomist are suing Monsanto, alleging that the company misled consumers about the safety of Roundup, the most widely used herbicide around the globe. The World Health Organization labeled glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a likely carcinogen last year. The four Nebraskans suing... More »

'100% Natural' Quaker Oats? Not Quite, Says Lawsuit

Suit contends oats can't be labeled 'natural' with even trace levels of herbicide

(Newser) - The nearly 140-year-old Quaker Oats brand isn't as wholesome as its name might imply, according to a lawsuit seeking class-action status after trace amounts of the active ingredient in Roundup were found in some oats, which are advertised as being "100% natural," reports the New York Times... More »

Study Debunks Presence of Chemical in Breast Milk

But rival researchers aren't buying WSU's claims

(Newser) - Scientists say a potentially cancer-causing chemical used in Monsanto's popular herbicide Roundup doesn't pose a risk to babies via a mother's breast milk, despite an earlier study claiming that was in fact the case. Washington State University researchers set out to discover whether glyphosate could be found... More »

Lobbyist Insists Chemical Is Safe to Drink, Won't Drink It

French cable channel puts rep in the hot seat

(Newser) - A French TV channel is drawing attention for its grilling of a lobbyist defending Monsanto. In the interview with Canal+, Dr. Patrick Moore repeatedly insists that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, is safe to drink. And then he repeatedly refuses to drink it, notes Raw Story... More »

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