Bayer Takes Market Hit from Glyphosate Ruling

Dan Environment, Industry News Release

The first day of trading following a jury ruling against Monsanto pushed shares of Bayer down 12 percent.

bayerMonsanto, recently acquired by Bayer, was ordered to pay $289 million as part of a lawsuit alleging glyphosate causes cancer. While Bayer says the verdict is “at odds with the weight of scientific evidence,” the ruling by a California Jury claimed glyphosate, found in Monsanto’s Roundup, presented a “substantial danger” to consumers, and that the company knew, or should have known, the potential risks they posed.

A market analyst told the Wall Street Journal the ruling will likely “create a litigious headache for Bayer,” as the lawsuit is one of roughly 4,000 filed and sets a precedent.

Monsanto will appeal the ruling, and in a statement, noted that more than 800 scientific studies, along with health and regulatory authorities around the world “support the fact that glyphosate does not cause cancer.”

Source: National Association of Farm Broadcasting News Service.