THE NEW MASSIVE SPRAY-DRIFT-CRISIS IN AMERICAN AGRICULTURE COMES FROM MONSANTO’S HASTY FAKE CURE FOR ITS CRUMBLING GMO-EMPIRE.
Due to overuse, weeds on 60 million acres of American farmland have developed resistance to Monsanto’s flagship deadly herbicide “Roundup.”
In a desperate attempt to protect their GMO monopoly, Monsanto has quickly – way way too quickly – tried to shift to hapless pinch-hitter “Dicamba” herbicide. Unfortunately, Dicamba is fatally flawed with a tremendous tendency to drift off-target, trespass onto neighboring land and damage the non-target crops of innocent adjacent farmers.
In a here-we-go-again situation, Monsanto has yet once more served up another heaping helping of disaster to American agriculture. Jim
“Farmers are locked in an arms race between ever-stronger weeds and ever-stronger weed killers.
“The dicamba system, approved for use for the first time this spring, was supposed to break the cycle and guarantee weed control in soybeans and cotton. The herbicide – used in combination with a genetically modified dicamba-resistant soybean – promises better control of unwanted plants such as pigweed, which has become resistant to common weed killers.
“The problem, farmers and weed scientists say, is that dicamba has drifted from the fields where it was sprayed, damaging millions of acres of unprotected soybeans and other crops in what some are calling a man-made disaster. Critics contend that the herbicide was approved by federal officials without enough data, particularly on the critical question of whether it could drift off target…
“The backlash against dicamba has spurred lawsuits, state and federal investigations, and one argument that ended in a farmer’s shooting death and related murder charges.
“‘This should be a wake-up call,’ said David Mortensen, a weed scientist at Pennsylvania State University…
“‘We’re on a road to nowhere,’ said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. ‘The next story is resistance to a third chemical, and then a fourth chemical – you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see where that will end.
“‘The real issue here is that people are using ever-more complicated combinations of poisons on crops, with ever-more complex consequences.'”