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Monsanto Fights to Sell Arkansas Farmers Herbicide Linked to Crop Damage

In a ruthless effort to keep selling its latest deadly herbicide, dicamba, Monsanto is battling Arkansas agricultural officials who want to stop its use in the state, Reuters reports. Dicamba has been linked to crop damage across the U.S. Threatening lawsuits to keep dicamba on the market, Monsanto claims it’s the farmers using the product incorrectly who are to blame, not dicamba. Meanwhile, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is also considering banning dicamba.

To say that Monsanto is nothing less than unconscionable in trying to keep this deadly herbicide on the market is putting it kindly. Dicamba is an extremely potent and volatile toxin that is banned during growing season, and Monsanto’s new weed killer, XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology, is designed for use with dicamba-resistant seeds. It’s supposed to be less prone to vaporization and drift, but in fact it’s caused devastation across the U.S., spurring Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee to investigate thousands of dicamba damage reports.

All told, an estimated 3.1 million acres have been damaged by dicamba drift in this season alone — and it doesn’t stop there. Dicamba has also been implicated in canine malignant lymphoma, raising the risk by as much as 70 percent in some dogs following exposure — and if it can do this to dogs, what do you suppose can happen to humans?

If you think you can trust Monsanto to tell the truth about dicamba’s risks, think again: Internal documents show that Monsanto continued selling PCBs for eight years after the company found out the chemicals posed a serious threat to human health and the environment. Do you really think they wouldn’t do the same with dicamba?

As Monsanto’s attack on science and its strong-arm tactics seem never-ending, there are things you must do, now, to protect yourself, as it’s impossible to rely on governmental agencies and regulatory commissions to do that for you. Purchase only organic produce and grass fed meats and dairy. Eat only whole foods. Use natural cleaning products. Use natural outdoor protection for insect repellents, and leave your shoes at the door after walking across lawns and treated gardens.
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