Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto — maker of the Roundup weedkiller— is planning to invest more than $5.6 billion in research to improve its environmental footprint. The announcement follows several verdicts alleging Roundup causes cancer in humans.
The company has consistently defended the safety of the herbicide and its main ingredient, glyphosate, despite these rulings and the 10,000 pending lawsuits in courts across the country.
Bayer aims to reduce the company’s environmental footprint by 30 percent through 2030. The announcement was made on the company’s website and again in a full-page advertisement on June 14, 2019 in The Washington Post. The ad read: “We listened. We learned.”
“As a new leader in agriculture, Bayer has a heightened responsibility and the unique potential to advance farming for the benefit of society and the planet. We are committed to living up to this responsibility.”
However, they doubled down on their use of glyphosate in stating: “Glyphosate will continue to play an important role in agriculture and in Bayer’s portfolio.” The company also published its internal glyphosate safety studies.
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