“Many farmers feel that they have no choice but to plant dicamba-resistant soy and cotton defensively, in order to avoid economic losses from waves of drift damage.”
The NFFC renews its opposition to nonregulated status of modified maize through genetic engineering (GE) to resist the herbicides dicamba, glufosinate, quizalofop, 2,4-D, and tissue-specific glyphosate tolerance. The U.S. Government should phase out these chemicals, not encourage or appease the agrochemical industry by allowing them to market their seeds.
EPA staff felt constrained or muted in sharing their concerns on the dicamba registrations.
The EPA again “failed in its legal duties to ensure that the pesticide would not cause unreasonable harm to farmers and farming communities as well as to the environment and hundreds of endangered species.”
The EPA has shown such callous indifference to the damage dicamba has caused to farmers and wildlife alike, and has been so desperate to appease the pesticide industry, it has zero credibility when it comes to pesticide safety.
The jury found that Bayer (Monsanto) and BASF created a joint venture to manufacture and sell dicamba-resistant seed and low-volatility herbicides, and that they conspired to create an ‘ecological disaster’ to increase profits.
National Family Farm Coalition (NFFC) is outraged that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) renewed registration of Xtendimax, Monsanto’s (now Bayer) dicamba-based herbicide. The controversial pesticide is extremely prone to drift and as a result has damaged millions of acres of crops and pollinator habitat in the two seasons since its approval.