Monsanto’s dicamba – an herbicide used under the name XtendiMax with Vapor Grip – has drifted onto neighboring properties, damaging plants or killing them. Dicamba harms or kills green plants not genetically engineered (read: perverted) to withstand its toxic assault. Farmers and homeowners injured by dicamba drift are filing dicamba lawsuits against Monsanto for destroying their crops and gardens. Our law firm is investigating these and other dicamba lawsuits.
Monsanto blames Dicamba users
Monsanto has responded to “dicamba drift” problems by blaming dicamba users. The problem with that Monsanto argument is that Reuters and others have reported that farmers and experts are confused by dicamba’s incredibly complicated directions. Monsanto also sold the dicamba seed before the dicamba herbicide (or pesticide) had even been approved. Some farmers consequently used old concoctions of dicamba, which Monsanto had said was forbidden. That perhaps gives Monsanto a defense in dicamba litigation, while leaving its farmer customers out in the cold.
Monsanto has been the target of at least one lawsuit that alleges it encouraged buyers to purchase dicamba-resistant seeds before the dicamba herbicide had even been approved for use. Monsanto’s cozy relationship with government regulators – FDA and EPA employees who had previously worked for Monsanto or had close ties to it – apparently made Monsanto believe regulatory approval was a foregone conclusion. It now appears Monsanto may have miscalculated just how fast it could get the EPA to approve its new dicamba poison.
A new lawsuit filed in Monsanto’s St. Louis home base adds to the total. The petition notes that Monsanto’s instructions for properly spraying dicamba are incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to follow. More than 4,500 words long, the instructions demand extremely strict application.
Dicamba-resistant GMO seed and the dicamba poison itself represent the largest biotech rollout in Monsanto’s toxic history.
To properly spray dicamba, a farmer must:
• know the exact wind speed and direction
• have a specific pattern of spray nozzle
• know the exact pounds-per-square-inch of nozzle pressure
• adjust the size of the spray pattern depending on the precise temperature
• not apply it during a temperature inversion (which farmers must test with a smoke generator)
• triple-clean all equipment after every single use (a process that takes more than an hour)
• and more
Each crop has its own list of incredibly difficult directions.
Weed Management Expert: Difficult Instructions
A weed management expert quoted in the dicamba lawsuit filed in St. Louis claims the instructions are “almost impossible” to follow. Monsanto vice president of strategy, Scott Partridge, told Reuters that the label “uses very simple words and terms.”
Like most things related to Monsanto, there is a tiny grain of truth in Mr. Partridge’s dicamba defense. The words used are not beyond the scope of anyone who can read English, but using understandable words does not mean the instructions that are easy to follow. That’s a non sequitur, aAs anyone who has ever assembled anything can attest.
In an email, a Monsanto representative told Modern Farmer: “It is very detailed but our customers are highly intelligent people who want specific, concrete instructions. They are very familiar with following a label.”
Mr. Partridge patronizes Monsanto’s customers with that statement for Monsanto’s defense, but complimenting customers doesn’t mean your instructions are clear or practical to follow. It also fails to defend Monsanto against charges that it sold the dicamba-resistant seeds to farmers when dicamba was not even available to use on them.
Dicamba Lawsuit – Herbicide (Pesticide) Lawsuits
If your property has sustained damaged due to dicamba drift, contact our Monsanto Lawsuit lawyers for a free legal consultation regarding a potential Dicamba Lawsuit over pesticide drift.