Bayer is not backing down from its defense of glyphosate following a jury’s award of more than $2 billion to a California couple who allege their use of Roundup over about 30 years caused their non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Democratic presidential candidates are trying to make agribusiness consolidation into a campaign issue, and some Republicans as well as farmers also worry that recent mergers are increasingly making it harder for growers to make a profit.
A California jury has awarded a married couple who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma more than $2 billion in punitive and other damages after concluding Monsanto failed to warn them about the risks of spraying Roundup.
The Environmental Protection Agency has reaffirmed its conclusion that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Bayer’s Roundup, is probably not carcinogenic, in a proposed registration decision that would allow the herbicide to continue to be used in the United States.
The complexity over what should be labeled under California’s Proposition 65 has created confusion among agricultural equipment manufacturers as well as a heightened fear of “bounty hunters” prowling for lawsuits.
A new federal report on glyphosate’s toxicological effects will likely play a role in the ongoing debate — both in the court of public opinion and in courts of law — over the safety of the principal ingredient in Roundup.