Pesticide Hazards

Experts predict even more dicamba drift damage this year

Drift from dicamba herbicide has damaged several million acres of farmland the past two years and even more is likely this year, according to university researchers and government officials. Farmers are expected to plant about 40 million acres of Monsanto’s Xtend dicamba and glyphosate tolerant soybeans—double the number planted in 2017. That means that more […]

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EU votes to renew license for glyphosate herbicide for five years

The European Union recently voted to renew the license for glyphosate herbicide for five years. The decision was criticized by both glyphosate supporters, who wanted the herbicide renewed for the full 15 years, and opponents, who have called for a ban on the herbicide.

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This Is How Badly Monsanto Wants Farmers to Spray Its Problematic Herbicide

In the wake of 2017’s dicamba herbicide drift disaster, which damaged 3.6 million acres of farmland, Monsanto will pay farmers a rebate of $6 per acre to spray its proprietary dicamba formula. The company aims to sell enough GMO dicamba resistant soybean seeds to cover 40 million acres in the U.S. this year. Several states including Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, and North Dakota are putting restrictions on the use of dicamba at certain times during the year to prevent the drift problems experienced by many farmers in 2017.

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