Ag Alerts: Bayer stock plunges after glyphosate ruling, kale high in pesticides, gene-edited food on your plate

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Scientists Found Worrisome New Evidence About RoundUp and Cancer | Mother Jones

The debate continues on whether glyphosate, one of the most commonly used herbicides and key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, causes cancer. A trial in San Francisco held closing arguments on March 12 in a case against Bayer, the company who purchased Monsanto.

The jury ruled Tuesday that glyphosate weedkiller, sold as RoundUp, caused cancer.

The next phase of the trial will gauge Monsanto's, now owned by Bayer, liability. Meanwhile, Bayer's stock dropped after this week's court ruling.

 

Kale, on List for First Time in a Decade, Ranks 3rd on Dirty Dozen™ | Environmental Working Group

Kale, strawberries and spinach has more pesticide residue than any other produce, according an analysis of USDA data by the Environmental Working Group. In its annual roundup of "dirty" and "clean" foods, the organization released a list of fruits and vegetables that have the most and the least pesticide residue.

 

Yes, there really are more rubber chunks and plastic pieces turning up in meat | New Food Economy

This week, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a rough sketch of a handbook for meat companies to refer to in the event of food safety complaints. The handbook defines “best practices” and ways for big food companies to respond to customer complaints. The USDA created the handbook in response to an increasing amount of complaints over food safety.

 

‘It’s Probably Over for Us:’ Record Flooding Pummels Midwest When Farmers Can Least Afford It | New York Times

Flooding in the Midwest is causing a wave of major problems for farmers and ranchers. With fields and transportation impacted by the natural disaster, many believe this could be the final straw for many farms. From confused Trump Administration decisions on trade to an increasing amount of money concerns, Midwest farmers are feeling immense pressure.

 

Gene-edited food is being used commercially for 1st time, company says | Omaha World-Herald | Associated Press

In the kitchen of an unknown Midwest restaurant, cooks are currently using oil made from gene-edited soybeans to cook food for uninformed customers. Calyxt, the company that created the gene-edited oil, won’t release information regarding which restaurant is using their gene-edited products. This new oil is known to have no trans fats and a long shelf life.