Writer Rhonda Johansson reported for Natural News on Oct. 29, 2017 that Tennessee just became the fourth state to restrict the use of Monsanto herbicide.
Dicamba drifts, kills Neighboring Lands
Tennessee farmers have stated that Monsanto’s poison Dicamba has drifted to neighboring farms. It has damaged neighboring crops and garden life not genetically-modified to withstand it. Nor are bees, birds, and people genetically modified to withstand this poison. Consequently, we now see massive pollinator bee and bird die-offs, along with Monsanto lawsuits being filed for hundreds of people with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Tennessee joins Arkansas, Missouri, and Kansas in holding Monsanto responsible for environmental damage. Dicamba is the main ingredient in herbicides produced by Monsanto, BASF, and DuPont for use on genetically modified soybeans and cotton. Part of that genetic perversion makes the seeds impervious to toxic assaults. It also strips them of nutritional value and attacks otherwise healthy flora in the human gut. (This is also how glyphosate kills plants and bees and sickens people.) The U.S. EPA approved dicamba in 2016 to kill broadleaf weeds, using Monsanto’s own studies as “proof” of its safety. In much the same way, the Monsanto-captured agency approved Monsanto’s cancerous Roundup.
Monsant Poison kills Indiscriminately
Farmers in the southern United States say dicamba has cost their neighbors thousands of dollars in lost crops by drifting onto surrounding farms. Several lawsuits have already been filed against dicamba producers. A Wyatt, Missouri farmer, Hunter Rafferty, told Reuters, “We’ve had damage across just about every acre of soybeans we farm in southeast Missouri. In our small town, the azaleas, the ornamentals, people have lost their vegetable gardens. It’s a big problem.”
Mr. Rafferty says 3,000 to 4,000 acres of soybeans on his family farm have been compromised because of dicamba drifting onto his property. He says plant leaves have constricted into cup-like shapes – a warning sign that the soybeans have been altered.
Monsanto has dismissed these claims (of course). Monsanto insists these are only challenges faced by any and every “early-adoption strategy.” Monsanto representatives liken this cross-contamination to similar problems Monsanto faced launching Roundup Ready glyphosate-resistant crops 20 years ago. Monsanto claims that situation was “fixed.” Other recent reports and hundreds of Roundup cancer lawsuits against the toxic giant suggest otherwise. Monsanto has a long, sordid history of contaminations and cover-ups.
Monsanto blames Farmers
“In almost every technology in the first year there are kinks that you need to work out,” said Robb Fraley, Chief Technology Officer of Monsanto, in response to the dicamba lawsuits.
Fraley joins spokespeople from BASF and DuPont who blame improper application as the cause for the damaged crops. They flatly deny any inherent chemical issues. Mr. Fraley claims farmers fail to follow application labels, use contaminated equipment, or buy older formulations which save on costs but are more prone to drift. However, he did say Monsanto will look over additional safeguards for using Dicamba.
Monsanto likes to blame farmers. It has sued more than 145 of them over the years, never losing in Monsanto-friendly courts. Litigation-happy Monsanto is the first to claim “frivolous lawsuit” anytime the company is sued for its civil and criminal behavior.
Monsanto unleashed Dicamba to match its Monits Xtend line of soybeans and cottons which have been designed to withstand the poison. The line was meant to replace earlier products that contained only glyphosate. In 1970, Monsanto introduced glyphosate-resistant crops to battle the rapid buildup of plant-destroying weeds. Glyphosate’s performance has been less than stellar over the long run. Early Roundup crop yields matched conventional yields, but heavier and heavier chemical applications of Roundup have spawned superweeds and superpests. The monoculture farming methods Roundup engenders have stripped fields of needed nutrients, destroying thousands of acres of once-fertile farmland. Monsanto’s chemical farming methods also require greater amounts of water than conventional or organic farming. That’s anther problem for Monsanto, since water has become more valuable than oil.
What is Dicamba?
Monsanto introduced its new dicamba formulation late in 2016, marketing it as XtendMaxTM. Dicamba was reported to have low-volatility, which Monsanto described as being less likely to drift while being more “flexible,” (not sure what that means). Monsanto also claimed Dicamba is better able to “maximize crop yield potential.” (Great buzz phrase, that. Time will tell if it’s true. It wasn’t true for Roundup in the long run.) In its official press release, Monsanto projected over 15 million Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean acres, as well as three million Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton acres by the end of 2017.
These estimations might not apply, given the latest restrictions filed by Tennessee. Part of these guidelines include allowing application only from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and banning the use of older dicamba formulations.
Tennessee Agriculture Commissioner Jai Templeton has said, “I’m confident that we can address this issue as we have in other cases to ensure the safe and effective use of these tools.”
States move to restrict Monsanto Herbicide Use
“Safe and effective use of these tools”? Since when is poison a tool? Is Jai Templeton also another tool, like the EPA’s Jess Rowland, or the FDA’s Michael Taylor? Keeping dicamba from contaminating neighboring corn or soy fields is like having a no-peeing section in a swimming pool. Can fences be made impermeable to drifting winds? Monsanto’s game is the same as it has always been. It moves closer and closer to monopolizing seeds. The company seeks to own every growing thing in the world. Anyone who doesn’t understand that yet doesn’t know much about Monsanto. Please study its rancid history, and its latest move to join war criminal Bayer in a nightmare merger of chemical giants.