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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?

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...

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