There are certain unfortunate realities in American agriculture that have caused hurt and frustration among some of the hardest working citizens of our great nation.
One such reality comes to us from the greedy and influential Monsanto corporation; the farming world’s equivalent of an evil, Big Brother figure. Not only has this particularly gargantuan entity been responsible for the advent of GMO’s, but their pesticide-laced crops have been linked in numerous studies to Colony Collapse, a disorder that could make extinct a number of species of pollinating insects which we rely on for sustenance the world over.
Even more damaging, however, has been an active ingredient in Monsanto’s weed killing pesticides: Dicamba. This dangerous pesticide became a hot button topic for Arkansas farmers last year due to its tendency to transcend the boundaries in which it was sprayed, damaging neighbors’ crop.
“Arkansas is on the verge of banning the use, during the growing season, of a Monsanto-backed weedkiller that has been blamed for damaging millions of acres of crops in neighboring farms this year.
“The weedkiller is called dicamba. It can be sprayed on soybeans and cotton that have been genetically modified to tolerate it. But not all farmers plant those new seeds. And across the Midwest, farmers that don’t use the herbicide are blaming their dicamba-spraying neighbors for widespread damage to their crops — and increasingly, to wild vegetation.
“The issue has driven a wedge through farming communities in the Midwest, straining friendships and turning neighbors into adversaries.
“Monsanto turned to dicamba because many weeds have evolved resistance to the company’s earlier weed-killing weapon of choice, glyphosate, also known as Roundup. Increasingly, Roundup no longer gets rid of farmers’ most troublesome weeds.
“Dicamba is an old herbicide, but it’s now being used much more widely, in combination with a new generation of genetically modified, dicamba-tolerant crops. It’s also being widely used, for the first time, in the heat of summer, which makes the herbicide more prone to ‘volatilizing’ — turning into a vapor and drifting in unpredictable directions.”
The ban could be a huge defeat for the seemingly unbeatable Monsanto, who have used their immense wealth to fund extraordinary lobbying campaigns in Washington, both in congress and with the FDA.
Such collusion between government and business rarely, if ever, benefit the American people, and Monsanto’s efforts are no different. The company is also know for their ability to continue using glysophate in their Roundup weed killer products – a chemical that has been intrinsically and undeniably linked to cancer in humans.