Approximately 50,000 individual lawsuits have been filed, claiming the exposure to glyphosate is linked to non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The EPA and regulatory agencies worldwide have determined glyphosate does not cause cancer, but a study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer claimed the weed killer is “probably carcinogenic.” Bayer government affairs director Dave Tierney spoke about the issue at the Northern Ag Expo. “We, like EPA and other government bodies around the world, feel strongly that this is a safe molecule; we’ll continue to defend the molecule.” Bayer lost three cases in California this past year. Another handful of cases are expected early in the year. In addition to the litigation, Tierney said state legislatures are also seeking additional restrictions on crop protection products, primarily neonicotinoids.
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