US Farmer Wins Damages Over Bayer AG, BASF Herbicide
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Mon 17th February 2020 | 08:20 AM
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Feb, 2020 ) :A US jury has awarded $265 million to a Missouri farmer who blamed herbicide from chemical giants Bayer AG and BASF for destroying his peach orchards, in a case set to bolster 140 other lawsuits.
Bloomberg news reported that the case was the first US trial over dicamba herbicide, which is alleged to have wrecked crops across America's Midwest by drifting onto plants that were unable to resist it.
Much like Roundup, another much-criticized herbicide marketed by Monsanto, dicamba has been on the market many years.
But the product has been blamed for polluting around four percent of US soybean fields in 2017. A common complaint is that the herbicide spreads to nearby areas.
The cancer sufferers say they developed the disease after exposure to glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup.
Bayer, which has argued that dicamba is safe for crops as long as users follow instructions, was reported to be planning to appeal Saturday's ruling, while BASF was not available for comment.