A photo of Leydy Pech, a Mayan beekeeper

Mayan beekeepers launch legal battle to protect the environment


Leydy Pech, a Mayan beekeeper, launched a legal battle to protect the environment and the Indigenous Mayan community’s ancient practice of beekeeping. Now she is a 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize winner.

Tractor spraying glyphosate

Bayer faces billion-dollar losses related to legal claims of deadly Roundup herbicide

Health & Medicine
Herbicide spreading

An FDA scientist finds traces of weed killer in many common foods

A man test-sprays glyphosate in a field with tall grass while wearing a blue pack on his back containing the chemical.

Inside Monsanto’s day in court: Scientists weigh in on glyphosate’s cancer risks

Monsanto protest

Protests and cancer concerns raise doubts for Roundup’s future in Europe

Allen Leonard, research associate with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, uses a custom spray rig to apply herbicide to Roundup Ready alfalfa test plots.

Weed-killing sprays may also be killing our ability to fight bacteria


Penicillin overkill has created life-threatening bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. But now some new research shows that common herbicides used in farming can also breed resistant bacteria, and no one’s sure how that may affect humans.


EPA approves a new herbicide for GMO crops and lawsuits follow


Many of today’s synthetic pesticides are derived from chemical weapons developed during the First and Second World Wars. Today, in the US, chemical warfare is waged daily against weeds in industrial agriculture. It has become an escalating conflict, as unruly weeds rapidly adapt to new products. The latest weapon has stirred strong opposition from environmentalists, farmers and food safety advocates.

States struggle with highway shoulders as resistance to herbicides mounts


In Oregon, there’s rumblings of discontent over how much herbicide the state uses to keep its highway shoulders cleared. Some counties have pesticide-free promises, but that doesn’t apply to state roads. In some states, though, herbicides are on the decline.