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EPA Approves Dangerous Monsanto-Made Weedkiller

Monsanto’s “solution” to the overuse of herbicides is more herbicides

by Julie Fidler, Natural Society:

On November 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved dicamba, a dangerously toxic herbicide designed by Monsanto for its next generation biotech soy and cotton varieties. [1]

The approval means that farmers will be able to use the new Xtendimax with Vapor Grip Technology formulation of dicamba to help control weeds in their crops that have become resistant to glyphosate and PPO (protoporphyrinogen oxidase inhibitors). [2]

Chemicals on top of chemicals, on top of chemicals.

Environmental groups are extremely unhappy, as well they should be. Let’s take a look at why dicamba has lovers of the earth deeply concerned.

Registered with the EPA in 1967, dicamba was/is marketed to kill specific, targeted weeds and nuisance pests on farm fields in the U.S.

According to a 2015 Penn State University (PSU) study, dicamba herbicides drift to adjacent farms and fields, where they cause “significant delays in flowering, as well as reduced flowering, of those plants, and results in decreased visitation by honey bees.”

The researchers found that both of the plant species they studied were susceptible to very low concentrations of dicamba. The team said:

“By extension, we expect that other broadleaf plant species are similarly susceptible to this sort of damage from drift-level doses.”

Dicamba is also known to significantly damage soy bean crops.

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