Dicamba is dangerous. It’s time to ban Monsanto’s herbicide.
Monsanto’s weed-killer dicamba was designed to kill unwanted plants but spare the special, genetically modified soybeans that were designed to resist it.
There’s just one problem: Dicamba doesn’t stay where it’s sprayed.
Whether it’s crops on adjacent farms and orchards, or flowers and trees in nearby parks, dicamba ravages any plants in its path — and its path is completely out of anyone’s control.
The Dangers of Dicamba
How can a product this dangerous possibly be legal? The truth is, it probably shouldn’t be: In order to get the current version of the product approved, Monsanto wouldn’t allow independent researchers to study its volatility — that is, its tendency to vaporize and drift.1
It’s hard to think of many good reasons why a company would deny safety checks on its own product.
How You Can Help
Dicamba should never have been approved in the first place. Will you chip in to help us push for a ban?
The best way to stop the use of dicamba is to get states to ban it. So, across the country, Environmental Action is calling on governors and state legislatures to support bans.
Already, people are waking up to the danger. In Arkansas, the State Plant Board created strict state limits for dicamba-based herbicides, banning the use of dicamba for the 2018 growing season.
It’s time for other states to take action, too.
1. Emily Flitter, “Scant oversight, corporate secrecy preceded U.S. weed killer crisis,” Reuters, August 9, 2017.