Monsanto News


In 2018 Monsanto was taken over by Bayer AG.  Bayer has plans to rename “the most hated company in the world”.


Some of Monsanto’s products are:




·         drift-prone broadleaf weed control

·         kills everything except crops that are genetically engineered to resist it (“Xtend” soybeans and cotton)

·         non-GE plants exposed to the chemical are left wrinkled, cupped or stunted in growth

·         in Missouri, USA where farmers have been forced to use Xtend because their neighbours use it, use is so extensive that the trees are showing symptoms of injury by the growth regulator herbicide (source)

·         Monsanto (XtendiMax), DuPont Co. (FeXapan) and BASF SE (Engenia) sell formulations of the herbicide

·         Banned by the USA in June 2020 (article)


Glyphosate (aka “Round Up”)


Roundup is a herbicide with the primary ingredient being glyphosate. Glyphosate works by preventing plants from being able to make the proteins they need to survive. Since virtually all plants make these essential proteins the same way, glyphosate affects nearly all plants.  Currently corn, soy, canola, alfalfa, cotton, and sorghum, (wheat is under-development) are “Roundup ready”.  This means that the plants have been genetically modified to resist Roundup.  Thus, these plants are unaffected when Roundup is applied and the weeds alone are impacted.


Roundup is also a desiccant used to dry-down crops such as sugar cane, chickpeas, lentils, barley, beans, peas, mustard, flax, canola, wheat, and oats especially in northern climates.  (Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?) (article)


Glyphosate is also sprayed on B.C. and New Brunswick forest areas post-logging to kill broad-leaf species that might inhibit the growth of replanted pine seedlings. The result is reduced plant diversity, leading to monocropped forests that are vulnerable to more frequent and destructive wildfires and beetle infestations. (source)


However, it should be noted that some weeds are becoming Roundup tolerant (“superweeds”) so it is unclear how many more years glyphosate will be effective.


Additionally, since a large percentage of corn is “Roundup Ready” and corn is used extensively as animal feed, there are studies that indicate meat and dairy contain measurable amounts of glyphosate (article). There are also studies that have shown that there are already measurable amounts of glyphosate in human urine.  (article)


Monsanto is working on a Roundup Ready alfalfa, but the wisdom is generally questioned because alfalfa is a perennial plant, so it grows year after year. When a farmer wants to rotate his crops, Roundup won’t work to kill the re-growth of alfalfa so what herbicide will he use instead, and how strong will it have to be?


There are concerns about glyphosate’s impact on human health:


Glyphosate:  Unsafe on any Plate (.pdf)


Study: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance (2013)


There are concerns about the effect glyphosate is having on soil: 


Concerns over glyphosate pass from human health to the soil


There are also concerns about the impacts of glyphosate on insects: 


Glyphosate Impact on Bees / About Bees / About Monarch Butterflies


Yet there is always the other side of the story: – The Truth About Glyphosate and Wheat (2014)



Monsanto’s VisionMax/Vision


VisionMax® is 47% glyphosate.


The Ministry of Natural Resources sprays forests with Monsanto's VisionMax.  It weeds out hardwood stands and broadleaf undergrowth so that pulp and paper companies can make more profit by promoting softwood growth. Blueberries in spray zones are deemed inedible.


Some Quick Points to Remember:


VisionMax is already banned in Quebec and described as “probably carcinogenic to humans”.


Monsanto’s Posilac (rBGH)


-          Banned in Canada thanks to Dr. Shiv Chopra and others



Monsanto News







Organic Consumers Association

With Nation Distracted by Public Health and Economic Crises, Trump Moves to Allow GMO Crops in Wildlife Refuges


Julia Conley, Common Dreams


Bayer chairman quits as Roundup settlement talks progress


Ludwig Burger, Thomson Reuters


The Courts and Health Canada Side Against Transparency


Rachel Parent

2020-01-30 (USA)

In Win for Bayer-Monsanto, Trump EPA Claims Cancer-Causing Weedkiller ‘Safe’


Alex Formuzis


Comment: Class Action lawsuit

Canada Roundup Glyphosate Cancer Class Action Lawsuit Investigation



2020-01-08 / Agri-Pulse (USA)

Feds Side with Monsanto in Roundup Cancer Case


Steve Davies


CBC News (BC)

Grooming forests could be making fires worse, researchers warn


Jill English


CBC News

Lawyers launch $500M class-action lawsuit against Roundup makers




Collective Evolution

Food Brands Owned By Monsanto


Arjun Walia

2019-08-08 (UK)

Revealed: how Monsanto's 'intelligence center' targeted journalists and activists


Sam Levin

- Carey Gillam


EcoWatch / Deutsche Welle

Bayer Monsanto Damages Reduced to $25.27 Million by U.S. Judge


Deutsche Welle


Roundup’s Other Problem: Glyphosate is Sourced from Controversial Mines


Gosia Wozniacka

- phosphate ore


EcoWatch / Jordan Davidson

New Round of Tests Finds Breakfast Cereals Still Full of Glyphosate, Says EWG


Jordan Davidson


EcoWatch / Olivia Rosane

Third Jury Rules Roundup Caused Cancer, Orders Bayer to Pay $2 Billion


Olivia Rosane


EcoWatch/Olivia Rosane

EPA Says Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer. Other Public Health Groups Disagree


Olivia Rosane


Bayer CEO Has 9 Months to Overcome Shareholders' Extraordinary Rebuke of His Monsanto Deal


David Meyer


In "Stunning Decision" Bayer Shareholders Dump CEO Over Disastrous Monsanto Purchase


Tyler Durden


EcoWatch/Olivia Rosane

French Court Rules Monsanto Liable for Farmer's Health Problems


Olivia Rosane


Concerns over glyphosate pass from human health to the soil


Simon Marks


EcoWatch/Olivia Rosane

A Second U.S. Jury Finds That Roundup Causes Cancer


Olivia Rosane


US PIRG Education Fund

Glyphosate Pesticide in Beer and Wine

Glyphosate Pesticide in Beer and Wine (.pdf)


Return to Now

Glyphosate Found in All 5 Major Orange Juice Brands Tested




A plagiarism scandal rocking the EU centers on the safety of the weedkiller glyphosate


Annabelle Timsit


National Observer

Health Canada doubles down on glyphosate cancer fight


Carl Meyer, Alastair Sharp


Alberta Farmer Express

No ordinary herbicide — glyphosate keeps making headlines


Alexis Kienlen, Glenn Cheater


National Observer

Dying from cancer, this man's case has stunning repercussions in Canada


Carl Meyer


CBC News (BC)

'It blows my mind': How B.C. destroys a key natural wildfire defence every year


Bethany Lindsay



Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005

Florida Museum of Natural History

- glyphosate

- AO Monarchs News


EPA approves dicamba registration for next 2 years


dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans


Bayer Stock Crashes After Monsanto Cancer Verdict Upheld By Judge; Analyst Estimates $800 Billion In Future Liability


Edward Morgan


USA Today

Weed killer in breakfast cereals: How dangerous is it?


Marc Daalder and Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press


EcoWatch / Olivia Rosane

More Than 400 Glyphosate Cancer Lawsuits Can Go to Trial, Judge Rules


Olivia Rosane


EcoWatch / Modern Farmer

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Have Been Found in Wild Turkeys


Dan Nosowitz


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Dicamba Damage Roars Back for Third Season in a Row


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Olivia Rosane

First Glyphosate Trial, of Thousands, Begins as Plaintiff Fights for His Life


Olivia Rosane


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Beekeepers File Legal Complaint Against Bayer Over Glyphosate in Honey


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Bayer to Drop Monsanto Name After $63 Billion Takeover


Lorraine Chow


The Guardian

Glyphosate shown to disrupt microbiome “at safe levels”, study claims


Arthur Nelson


EcoWatch / Organic Consumers Association

Glyphosate in Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream + 'Monsanto Papers' = Very Interesting Times

Katherine Paul

- cows being fed GMO feed treated with glyphosate



Nathanael Johnson

- dicamba drift


Huffington Post

Playing Political Games


- Glyphosate


Health Research Institute Laboratories

Certificate of Analysis: Orange Juice  & Glyphosate (.pdf)


Dr. John Fagan, Sr. Scientist


Monsanto Is Scrambling To Bury This Breaking Story – Don’t Let This Go Unshared!


- list of foods with levels of Glyphosate


EcoWatch / U.S. Right to Know

Glyphosate Found in Iowa Honey

U.S. Right to Know


Save the Bay of Fundy

Nova Scotia needs to review VisionMAX

Steve MacLellan


Youtube / RT America

Mexico builds wall to keep out Monsanto’s GMOs (6 mins)


RT America



Bayer clinches Monsanto with improved $66 billion bid

Greg Roumeliotis and Ludwig Burger

- 3rd offer by German drug and crop chemical maker, Bayer, for the US seed company, Monsanto


EcoWatch / Moms Across America

Glyphostate Found in Childhood Vaccines

Moms Across America



EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

10 States Report Crop Damage From Illegal Dicamba Use on Monsanto's GMO Seeds


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

3 Major Problems With Monsanto's New GMO Soybeans


Lorraine Chow


Organic Consumers Association

Obama Betrays Consumers, Signs Sham GMO Labeling Bill


Katherine Paul

- brand boycott


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Monsanto's Unapproved GMO Wheat Found Growing in Washington State


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Obama Signs Industry-Backed GMO Label Bill Into Law


Lorraine Chow


Ring of Fire Network

Corporate Media Is Lying to You About The Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup


Farron Cousins


Ring of Fire Network

Ohio Jury Says DuPont Acted With Malice By Poisoning People With C8


Farron Cousins


Food and Water Watch

I Was Barred from a Nobel Laureate Press Conference by a PR Consultant with Monsanto Ties

Tim Schwab


Washington Post

107 Nobel laureates sign letter blasting Greenpeace over GMOs


Joel Achenbach

- golden rice


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Glyphosate Given Last-Minute Approval Despite Failure to Secure Majority Support


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Emily Cassidy

Atrazine and Glyphosate More Harmful Than Scientists Once Thought


Emily Cassidy, Environmental Working Group


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Quaker Oats Accused of Being ‘Deceptive and Misleading’ After Glyphosate Detected in Oatmeal


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Glyphosate Found in Popular Breakfast Foods

Alliance for Natural Health USA


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

5 Million Nigerians Oppose Monsanto's Plans to Introduce GMO Cotton and Corn


Lorraine Chow

2016-03-25 / Alternative World News Network

Organic farmer ordered to pay $804,000 in court costs after his crop was tainted by GMOs


- Steve Marsh, Australia

- canola


EcoWatch / Ken Roseboro

Why Is Glyphosate Sprayed on Crops Right Before Harvest?


Ken Roseboro


President Of Portuguese Medical Association Calls For Global Ban On Glyphosate


Amanda Froelich


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Organic Farmer Dealt Final Blow in Landmark Lawsuit Over Monsanto’s GMO Contamination


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Latin American Doctors Suggest Monsanto-Linked Larvicide Cause of Microcephaly, Not Zika Virus


Lorraine Chow

New York Times – 6-Feb-2016


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Coffee Farmers Sue Monsanto for Hiding Cancer-Causing Impact of Glyphosate


Lorraine Chow



EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Seattle Sues Monsanto Over PCB Contamination, Becomes 6th City to Do So


Lorraine Chow



Lawsuit Filed Against Monsanto For Contaminating The San Francisco Bay With PCBs


John Vibes


EcoWatch / Greenpeace East Asia

Greenpeace: Chinese Farmers Are Illegally Growing GMO Corn


Greenpeace East Asia


Sum of Us Petition

What is Monsanto's carcinogenic herbicide doing in tampons?




Fracking returning to NB after firing of top doctor, says provincial NDP

Dr. Cleary was also in the midst of conducting research into the use of glyphosate—a herbicide widely used on Crown land in the province—when she was put on leave several weeks ago.


Monsanto’s Spy Software to Control the Entire Agriculture Market





Blog: The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


The human cost of agrotoxins. How Monsanto's glyphosate pesticide is killing Argentina


Tommaso Perrone

Lifegate link

- Pablo Ernesto Piovano


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Confirmed: American Academy of Pediatrics Cuts Ties With Monsanto


Lorraine Chow


Monsanto’s migraine: The biotech giant is facing one fiasco after another


Rynard Loki, Alternet


Chronicle Journal

Battling for blueberries

Jodi Lundmark

- VisionMax


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

California Becomes First State to Label Monsanto’s Roundup as a Carcinogen


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Bill Nye on Glyphosate: ‘We Accidentally Decimated the Monarch Butterfly Population’


Lorraine Chow


CBC News

NB Power's herbicide 'essentially non-toxic' to humans, wildlife


Shane Fowler


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Monsanto Fires Back at Neil Young’s Scathing New Album


Lorraine Chow


Before It’s News

Bombshell Secret Documents Show Monsanto Knew About Glyphosate Link To Cancer Over 35 Years Ago


AllHealthWorks / FeedTheWorld


EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

How Monsanto Gained Huge Control of the World’s Food Supply


Cole Mellino


EcoWatch / Cole Mellino

Neil Young Blasts Starbucks for Supporting Monsanto and GMOs in Rock Anthem


Cole Mellino


The Netherlands Ban Monsanto's RoundUp!




EcoWatch / Environmental Working Group

Toxic Weed Killer Glyphosate Found in Breast Milk, Infant Formula

Environmental Working Group


EcoWatch / Lorraine Chow

Monsanto’s Roundup — Most Popular Weed Killer in U.S. — ‘Probably’ Causes Cancer, WHO Report Says


Lorraine Chow


EcoWatch / Stefanie Spear

Has Bill Nye Changed His Mind on GMOs?

Stefanie Spear



USDA Green-Lights Yet Another Monsanto GMO crop

Wenonah Hauter

- dicamba-tolerant soybeans and cotton


EcoWatch / Organic Consumers Association

15 Health Problems Linked to Monsanto’s Roundup

Alexis Baden-Mayer


WARNING: Glyphosate Found in Feeding Tube Liquid Given to Sick Children in Hospitals


Zen Honeycutt


Ring of Fire Radio

More Evidence Shows Monsanto Chemical’s Deadly Effects


Joshua De Leon


Peterson Farm Blog

Greg Peterson – Advocate for Truth: GMOs


Peterson Farm Bros



Brazil farmers say GMO corn no longer resistant to pests


Caroline Stauffer


EcoWatch / Brandon Baker

EPA Denies Texas’ Emergency Request to Use Dangerous Herbicide on 3 Million Cotton Field Acres


Brandon Baker


The Complete History of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation”


E Hanzai


Blamed for Bee Collapse, Monsanto Buys Leading Bee Research Firm


Anthony Gucciardi

- buys Beeologics in Sept. 2011


The GMO Mass Suicides Are A Myth

Mark Strauss

- India


EcoWatch / Environmental Working Group

‘Extreme Levels’ of Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Found in Soy Plants

Emily Cassidy


Collective Evolution

New Study Finds Roundup Herbicide to be 125x More Toxic Than Regulators Claim


Arjun Walia


Brazil looks to ban Monsanto’s Roundup, other toxicity risks


(EcoWatch article)


EcoWatch / John Deike

Monsanto Ad Banned in South Africa Due to Deceptive GMO Messaging


John Deike


EcoWatch / John Deike

Sri Lanka Bans Monsanto Herbicide After Report Suggests Link to Deadly Kidney Disease


John Deike


EcoWatch / John Deike

Monsanto’s Roundup Found in 75% of Air and Rain Samples


John Deike


EcoWatch / John Deike

Study Connects Monsanto’s Roundup to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic


John Deike


Toronto Star

The GM controversy spreads to Canada’s largest crop


Alex Gillis

(article GM fish)


EcoWatch / Food Democracy Now!

[US] Supreme Court Denies Family Farmers the Right to Self-Defense From Monsanto Lawsuits




Study: Glyphosate, pathways to modern diseases II: Celiac sprue and gluten intolerance


Anthony Samsel, Stephanie Seneff


True Activist

Geneticist David Suzuki Says Humans “Are Part Of A Massive Experiment”


Arjun Walia


Natural Cures Note Medicine

Is your Representative in bed with Monsanto?




EcoWatch / Center for Food Safety

GE contamination Found in Washington Alfalfa


- Monsanto’s Roundup


Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance

Agent Orange – Monsanto’s Roundup and Birth Defects Report

Published by Earth Open Source (June 2011)


Global Research

Monsanto Roundup:  The Impacts of Glyphosate Herbicide on Human Health.  Pathways to Modern Diseases


Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff


Digital Journal

Weed killer glyphosate found in human urine across Europe


Anne Sewell


It's on! Farmers begin suing Monsanto over genetic pollution of wheat crops


Mike Adams


EcoWatch / Food & Water Watch

Study Links Monsanto’s Roundup to Autism, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s


Genna Reed


Organic Consumers Association

Roundup More Toxic Than Officially Declared – New Study


GM Watch



EcoWatch/Pesticide Action Network

Farmer vs. Monsanto Reaches US Supreme Court


Pesticide Action Network


Youtube / CropLife Canada

Pesticide regulation in Canada (2 mins)

CropLife Canada


Youtube / Nice2MeetU2011

Understand what GMOs do to your body! RoundUp and Monsanto are killing us! (13 mins)




Organic Seed Growers and Trade v. Monsanto Company (.pdf)


- legal ruling






Healthy Home Economist

The Real Reason Wheat is Toxic (it’s not the gluten)


- pre-harvest desiccation using Roundup





Runoff is water from rain or melted snow which is not absorbed and held by the soil but runs over the ground and through loose soil. Agricultural runoff is water leaving farm fields because of rain, melted snow or irrigation. As runoff moves, it picks up and carries pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other pollution, which it can deposit into ponds, lakes, coastal waters and underground sources of drinking water.



Food for Thought


Even though the Monsanto protection act (USA) is in place and even though Monsanto is known for its brutal attack of patent infringement, typically leading to expensive court battles for the farmer, there is light at the end of the tunnel that will affect Monsanto in ways unknown.


All the farmer has to do is identify cross contaminated GM crops on their natural and organic farms and make a formal written demand to Monsanto to come and remove those plants before Monsanto makes a claim of patent infringement.


"If Monsanto refuses, and demands the farmer to not touch those plants, under jurisdiction of patent rights, the farmer can exorcise it's right to tell Monsanto their plants are on the farmers property and therefore trespasses"


If Monsanto refuses to collect its property, the farmer can have it removed and send Monsanto the bill for removal. If Monsanto refuses the bill, the farmer can take Monsanto to small claims court and will be granted the amount and avoid any gag clause Monsanto is famous for during negotiations with suits against people they fight.


While this may seem simple enough and it is, it is an example of how little farmers are in the know how to forearm themselves and beat Monsanto before they get dragged into a situation that typically causes great harm to the heritage the farmer has built.



Other Information:


AO Info: Farming in a Controlled Environment / Pesticides


Argentina: The Country That Monsanto Poisoned


Monsanto Owned Food Producers / Food Brands Owned by Monsanto


The Complete History of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation” by E. Hanzai,


International Monsanto Tribunal


Why Is Monsanto Evil, But DuPont Isn't? by Stephen D. Simpson, CFA GMO News



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Disclaimer: This information has been compiled through private amateur research for the purpose of allowing the reader to make an informed and educated decision.  However, while the information is believed to be reliable, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.








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