Should Roundup should be banned in New Zealand?

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Sun, 28 Jun 2020, 12:52PM
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Should Roundup should be banned in New Zealand?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Sun, 28 Jun 2020, 12:52PM

There are fresh calls to ban Roundup from New Zealand after the company behind the product had to pay out over claims the product causes cancer. 

Bayer will pay up to $10.9 billion ($17 billion NZD) to settle litigation over the subsidiary Monsanto's weedkiller Roundup, which has faced thousands of lawsuits over claims it causes cancer, the German-based company said on Wednesday.

Bayer said it was also paying up US$1.22 billion to settle two additional areas of intense litigation, one involving PCB in water, and one involving dicamba, another weedkiller.

The company said the Roundup settlement involves about 125,000 filed and unfiled claims. Under the agreement, Bayer will make a payment of US$8.8 billion to US$9.6 billion to resolve current litigation, and US$1.25 billion to address potential future litigation.

Health expert Erin O'Hara joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss the ramifications of the lawsuit.