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Is Bayer's eco-friendly policy for real?

In the face of thousands of lawsuits, the agrichemicals giant may manufacture safer products. But is it too little, too late?

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The financial impact on Bayer has been massive as the company has shed more than US$30 billion in market value after it lost three consecutive trials in the US, which led its shareholders to cast a vote of no confidence against the company.

THE end of the era of cancer-causing chemicals is imminent. Or is it? There are signs that the agrichemicals giant, Bayer AG - facing thousands of lawsuits alleging that its bestselling Roundup weed-killer causes cancer - may manufacture safer products.

The company announced an investment...