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January 09, 2018 - Mother Jones

This Weed Killer Is Wreaking Havoc on America’s Crops

This Weed Killer Is Wreaking Havoc on America’s Crops

By mid-October, state departments of agriculture nationwide had received 2,708 complaints from soybean farmers who claimed their fields had been damaged by wayward dicamba. Some 3.6 million acres had been affected, an unprecedented case of herbicides gone rogue.

GruntVegan: Dicamba is an herbicide that selectively kills broad-leafed weeds (as opposed to grass family plants). Increasing use of dicamba has been reported with the release of dicamba resistant genetically modified plants by Monsanto. In October 2016, the EPA launched a criminal investigation into the illegal application of older, drift prone formulations of dicamba onto these new plants.

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