Monsanto is sued (yes, again) over its latest and greatest herbicide called Dicamba. This baby just “accidentally” destroyed 3,6 million acres of soybean all across the United States due to its immense toxicity, which probably makes it perfectly safe to use on our food in Monsanto’s world-view. Dicamba was created to be used on the company’s Dicamba-resistant seeds, but some unintended consequences came into play.
The story goes something like this: as Monsanto-farmers sprayed their Dicamba-resistant crops with that incredibly toxic herbicide/weed killer, it resulted in contamination of the neighboring fields which were not Monsanto-made/Dicamba resistant and guess what: Dicamba killed the regular crops like there’s no tomorrow. Since a regular soy-bean seed is not genetically modified to withstand Dicamba’s toxicity, 3,6 million acres of neighboring crops were annihilated. There were over 2700 claims from farmers in 25 states to State agricultural agencies, accusing Monsanto and their brain-child Dicamba of destroying millions of acres of soybeans.
The thing is, Monsanto thought they’ve hit jackpot with their latest and amazing herbicide, in a scheme aimed at cornering the Midwest farmer market via their genetically modified seeds, which are Dicamba resistant. However, after liberally spraying Dicamba on resistant crops, a small problem emerged with neighboring farmers who didn’t use Monsanto’s magic Dicamba-resistant seeds. Besides soybeans, there are complaints from farmers who got their pumpkins and cantaloupes crops damaged by Monsanto’s Dicamba.
The massive damage inflicted by Monsanto’s herbicide prompted Arkansas’s Plant Board to look into banning Dicamba use at lest temporarily, until the herbicide can be properly analyzed by researchers. It’s obvious that Monsanto, who spent more than a billion dollars on their latest herbicide is not happy with the delays, while US farmers are now exploring their legal options, i.e. joining a class-action lawsuit against BASF and Monsanto, thus seeking compensation for their loss.
Here’s from the WSJ piece:
Monsanto’s new version of the herbicide called dicamba is part of a more than $1 billion investment that pairs it with new genetically engineered seeds that are resistant to the spray. But some farmers say their nonresistant crops suffered after neighbors’ dicamba drifted onto their land.
The agricultural giant in October sued the Arkansas State Plant Board following the board’s decision to bar Monsanto’s new herbicide and propose tougher restrictions on similar weed killers ahead of the 2018 growing season. Monsanto claims its herbicide is being held to an unfair standard.
Arkansas has been a flashpoint in the dispute: About 900,000 acres of crops were reported damaged there, more than in any other state.
About 300 farmers, crop scientists and other attendees gathered in Little Rock on Wednesday for a hearing on Arkansas’s proposed stiffer dicamba controls, which Monsanto and some farmers are fighting. The proposed restrictions are subject to the approval of a subcommittee of state legislators.