“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 political clout of corporate agribusiness overrides EPA’s regulation of GHG emissions, harming humans and the environment in many ways.
The EPA has been blocked from using funds to implement its greenhouse gas reporting rule for animal feeding operations, also known as factory farms, manure management and other livestock operations. Thus, the coalition says, the agency is not able to carry out any regulations or require permits under Title V of the Clean Air Act.
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.”
Court rulings and interpretations around dicamba affect farmers’ decisions around planting crops, as well as their livelihoods.
With this decision, NFFC sees opportunities to reduce the corporate control over seeds and other essential inputs, to enhance agricultural diversity through agroecological solutions, and to rebuild farm and rural communities devastated by industrialized agriculture.
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.
The undersigned farmer and public interest organizations are writing to express our deep disappointment with both the stated goals and the public engagement process led by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) regarding the proposed modernization of federal regulation of biotechnology known as the Coordinated Framework.
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