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Court case raises questions about Roundup

Roundup is the most widely used herbicide in Malheur County and the world, according to state and local officials. However, its future and safety is at stake following a recent California court decision. (The Enterprise/Max Egener)

ONTARIO — People have relied on the herbicide Roundup to get rid of pesky weeds for decades. It’s the most widely used herbicide in Malheur County and the world, according to state and local officials.

People can buy Roundup products in any garden supply store. Farmers spray the herbicide on fields to reduce plant competition on their crops. Homeowners, public workers, and school grounds keepers use it to clear gardens and parks of weeds.

But the future and safety of the main active ingredient in Roundup products, glyphosate, is uncertain after a recent court decision in California.

A jury last month concluded . . .