For those who depend on glyphosate for farming, the decision by Bayer to pay over $10bn to settle the litigation proceedings brought by people in the US will not help win public opinion in the EU. These people claim to have contracted cancer from having used Roundup and the move would appear to sound the death knell for the active in Europe. Let us hope not.

It is important to point out that there are two separate strands operating in this process.