EPA just approved another toxic herbicide linked to infertility, birth defects and lung cancer in both humans and animals

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Daniel Barker
December 7, 2016

The EPA has just approved the widespread use of a highly toxic herbicide called dicamba, a chemical which poses serious health risks to both animals and people. In doing so, the agency has turned its back on its legal obligation to assess any threat to endangered species, as well as its responsibility to protect human health.

Dicamba has been in use for years, and is an ingredient in more than 1,000 farming and gardening products. Under the EPA’s new guidelines, however, its use is expected to increase on a massive scale.

Dicamba use will increase current levels more than 20 times

The EPA approval covers the use of dicamba for spraying dicamba-resistant GMO cotton and soybean crops that were developed by (you probably already guessed it) Monsanto as an alternative to its glyphosate-resistant GM crops.

From The Daily Sheeple:

“Dicamba is part of Monsanto’s two-point plan: replace glyphosate (the main ingredient in the company’s best-selling RoundUp weed killer), as it increasingly comes under fire, and create public acceptance of the GM crops engineered to withstand dicamba.

“Monsanto’s own conservative estimates predict that dicamba use on soybeans will likely rise from around 233,000 pounds per year to 20.5 million pounds per year — and dicamba use on cotton could go from 364,000 pounds per year to 5.2 million pounds per year.”

Dicamba health risks

Like many other toxic herbicides, Dicamba can cause a range of serious negative health effects in both humans and animals. Dicamba exposure has been linked to lung cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, reproductive damage, birth defects and hormonal disruption.

Monsanto would like for people to believe that dicamba represents a safer alternative to glyphosate, but it is also a highly toxic herbicide that will have an as-yet unknown impact on the environment and human health when its use is so dramatically increased.

The danger posed to other crops by dicamba

Dicamba has recently been making headlines due to crop damage caused by drift. At least 10 states have reported widespread damage to thousands of acres of “non-target” crops, and in one case, a farmer was allegedly killed over a dicamba drift incident:

“Allegedly, a farmer on the Missouri-Arkansas border applied dicamba without a permit and caused significant damage to a neighboring farmer’s soy crop. An argument bubbled over, which led the shooting death of one farmer, and the arrest of the other.”

Much of the recent drift problem was caused by illegal spraying of dicamba, and Monsanto has been highly criticized for selling its dicamba-resistant seed before the EPA approved the herbicide for use.

This resulted in widespread illegal spraying and incidents of herbicide drift – one peach farmer in Missouri lost 30,000 trees. Drift damage from dicamba also affected watermelon, tomato, rice and many other crops as well as non-dicamba-resistant strains of soybean and cotton.

Monsanto’s new dicamba-based herbicide product – designed to work with its dicamba-resistant GM soybean and cotton seeds –  is theoretically formulated to minimize drift contamination, but some are highly skeptical about its true effectiveness, while others worry that many farmers will continue illegally using the old drift-prone dicamba products.

At any rate, the EPA’s approval means that tens of millions more pounds of carcinogenic poison will be dumped yearly into our soil, water and air as the result of a money-making scheme propagated by an evil monopoly bent on owning and genetically manipulating the world’s seed supply, while destroying biodiversity and marginalizing those who would rather rely on organic farming techniques.

Monsanto wins a major victory with the help of the EPA

It sounds like the plot of an improbable Hollywood disaster film, but it’s all too real. Monsanto – after losing much of its company’s stock value and being forced to lay off a sizable portion of its workforce in recent years – seems to be rebounding with new strategies to maintain its stranglehold on global agriculture and food production.

Of course, having the EPA in its pocket hasn’t hurt Monsanto’s cause, either. In the war against food freedom and biodiversity, it appears Monsanto has just won a decisive battle.

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Sources:

TheDailySheeple.com

BiologicalDiversity.org

EcoWatch.com

While the nation was watching the election, the EPA just approved another toxic herbicide for Monsanto

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L.J. Devon
November 18, 2016

As universities across the country hold cry-ins, counseling sessions, and post-election therapy events for narcissistic, cry-baby college students, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has quietly approved Monsanto’s new drift-prone herbicide, which will further poison, emasculate, and weaken the population.

The soils are suffering from persistent over farming, bio-solid toxins, and chemical-intense agriculture. Soil and crops are so nutritionally depleted; the effect can be witnessed in the panicky, easily manipulated, fragile-minded behaviors of people.

EPA bows to Monsanto again, keeping farmers trapped in the herbicide-dependent agricultural cycle

The EPA is run by people who have worked for the biotech industry, who buckle under the pressure of the demands of multinational corporations like Monsanto. The EPA cannot protect anything if they lack the courage to say no to compounding use of damaging herbicides. The EPA has no discernment or integrity if the chemicals they approve are the very toxins that pollute the air, water, soil, and the people’s health. The EPA disrespectfully keeps American farmers trapped in the horrid cycle of spraying new chemicals to battle nature.

On the morning after the election, the EPA rushed a decision to allow a massive increase in the use of Monsanto’s toxic dicamba-based herbicide – XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology. Monsanto says this herbicide is less “volatile” than previous dicamba-based compounds that have damaged crops and led to lawsuits in the past.

This product is destined to enter the marketplace at the start of the next growing season, but Monsanto still needs approval from individual states before they can sell it to the farmers.

“We chose to launch this year to allow growers to experience the industry-leading varieties of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans,” Monsanto spokesman Dan Urnikis told Delta Farm Press. “They can plant with confidence this year in anticipation of the chemical approval for the 2017 growing season.”

Herbicide drift wiping out various food crops across the country

Dicamba-based herbicides are a threat to the entire ecosystem and agricultural system because these chemicals vaporize from treated fields and drift to neighboring farms, fields, and woodlands. This causes crop damage to farms that don’t use the corresponding genetically engineered seeds that are designed to withstand the chemical. This also causes damage to other species of wild plants and herbs and hurts organic farms that don’t participate in the genetic engineering of food.

This dicamba-based herbicide wiped out countless crops in 2016, including soybeans, tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelons, rice, cotton, peas, peanuts, alfalfa and even peaches. Missouri’s largest peach producer, Bader Peaches, lost 30,000 trees this year because of herbicide drift. After approving XtendiMax for 2017, the EPA ruled that the herbicide cannot be applied by aircraft or when wind speed is greater than 15 mph.

Monsanto was already positioned for the EPA’s approval of their newest herbicide

Monsanto has already positioned their company to monopolize on their drift-prone herbicide. They have already rolled out genetically engineered seeds, Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans. These GE seeds will be sold en masse to farmers whose current seeds cannot withstand the damages of drifting dicamba-based herbicides and failed glyphosate herbicides. This is precisely how the biotech industry controls farmers and enslaves them to genetically modified seeds and continuous use of new herbicides.

Monsanto faces bold ideological opposition from powerful groups such as the Center for Biological Diversity. Nathan Donley, a senior scientist for the center, says, “We can’t spray our way out of this problem. We need to get off the pesticide treadmill,” said in a prepared statement. “Pesticide resistant superweeds are a serious threat to our farmers, and piling on more pesticides will just result in superweeds resistant to more pesticides. We can’t fight evolution – it’s a losing strategy.”

Wake up and protest the experimentation being carried out on your fields, foods, and minds

Instead of throwing temper tantrums about an election result, poisoned America should instead bind together and protest the experiments that are being carried out on their soil, air, food, and water. These herbicides directly impact people’s health. Without healthy soils, food loses its nutrition profile and doesn’t nourish the body like it should. Accumulating herbicides and pesticides become more toxic to the body because the nutritionally depleted body can no longer detoxify like a healthy body should. The herbicides affect digestion, endocrine system and nervous system functions, leading to lowered states of immunity and cognitive function.

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Sources:

RT.com

FoxNews.com

FoodForensics.NaturalNews.com

Illegal Spraying Of Monsanto’s New Glyphosate-Dicamba Cocktail Is Destroying Crops On Neighboring Farms

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Ethan A. Huff
August 10, 2016

Farmers throughout the Midwest are having to battle a new pest that’s not a weed or an insect, but an illegal chemical manufactured by the Monsanto Company as a pairing for “2 Xtend,” the next generation of genetically-modified organism (GMO) that requires even more and harsher chemicals than first generation Roundup Ready crops.

Known as dicamba, the new chemical hasn’t been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use with glyphosate on Monsanto’s Roundup Ready 2.0 seeds. But because the multinational corporation has already begun selling 2 Xtend seeds to farmers, some of them are bootlegging older versions of dicamba to keep their crops in check, and many of their neighbors are suffering as a result.

That’s because the type of dicamba farmers are mixing with glyphosate to try to match the glyphosate-dicamba cocktail that Monsanto hopes to eventually release, pending EPA approval, is a heavy drifter, meaning it easily spreads to nearby crop fields. Monsanto claims that its patented formula doesn’t do this, but the old one does, and it’s wreaking havoc all over the place.

More than 100 complaints have been filed thus far by farmers in both Missouri and Arkansas, claiming that dicamba drift from nearby farms is destroying their crops. Dicamba is an ultra-potent herbicide, and unless a crop has been genetically-engineered to resist it, it kills almost anything with which it comes into contact.

According to the Environmental Working Group’s Ag Mag, Monsanto has already sold some 2 million acres’ worth of 2 Xtend seeds, despite the glyphosate-dicamba formula needed to grow them not even being legal. This has created a situation in which farmers have been given a weed-killing tool that they can’t legally use, which basically incentivizes them to break the law.

Some of the farmers who’ve bought into 2 Xtend are seeing their own crops destroyed as well. Farmers with 2 Xtend fields planted near Roundup Ready 1.0 crops and/or conventional crops are watching as dicamba spreads through the air and kills their other crops, leaving them at a loss as to how to avoid massive crop failures.

“They’re afraid that they’re not going to be able to grow what they want to grow,” Tom Barber, a scientist at the University of Arkansas, told NPR about the dilemma. “They’re afraid that they’re going to be forced to go with that technology.”

Farm bill: Tell congress to STOP subsidizing chemicals, GMOs, start funding sustainable agriculture

Technically speaking, federal pesticide laws prohibit the use of drift-prone dicamba. But because the federal government actively subsidizes chemical-intensive farming, the result of longstanding farm bill legislation that incentivizes farmers to grow chemical-intensive crops, corporations like Monsanto are getting away with murder in their quest for world domination.

Very little taxpayer money is awarded to farmers who grow crops using sustainable methods. Only a very small fraction of federal money – less than 1 percent – is invested in growing methods that reduce, rather than increase, pesticide and herbicide use.

That’s why many people around the world are choosing to grow their own clean, chemical-free foods at home using products like the Food Rising Mini-Farm Grow Box system, which is both a conservational feat and a boon for sustainable living.

Others are pushing for major reform in how farm bill money is disbursed and spent. You can help in this area by contacting your congressmen and urging them to incentivize weed management practices that rely more on harmonious congruency with nature rather than environmentally-destructive chemicals.

After all, it was Monsanto’s first generation Roundup Ready crops that got us into this mess in the first place. Is it really prudent to plow full-steam ahead into phase two of this chemical holocaust?

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Sources for this article include:

EWG.org

NPR.org

Monsanto’s Creation of Herbicide-Resistant Superweeds Grows in Several States

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Julie Fidler
August 7, 2016

Soybean fields in parts of Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee are plagued by “superweeds” that have become resistant to glyphosate, the main ingredient in biotech company’s Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide. Farmers are now dousing the plants with illegal chemicals to try and kill the rogue weeds.

The Root of the Problem

When agritech giant Monsanto rolled out its “RoundUp Ready” GMO seeds, the mammoth corporation made farmers a promise: the new crop system would allow them to use less chemicals on their crops.

The worrisome weeds would surely die, Monsanto said, but the RoundUp Ready plants would withstand the chemicals and thrive, producing greater yields. Yup, farmers were told RoundUp was all they would ever need.

This promise has led to a more than tenfold increase in RoundUp use in the past decade, and a lot of the weeds aren’t having it anymore. They’re stronger than glyphosate now, stronger than Monsanto’s promise, and stronger than the American farmer’s best efforts. [1]

But if you don’t strangle the weeds to death, they’ll strangle crops to death. Something has to be done. That “something” involves growers illegally spraying a powerful herbicide that is damaging hundreds of thousands of crops in the aforementioned states.

Regulators, farmers, and academics alike are pointing their fingers at Monsanto’s introduction this year of a new variety of genetically modified soybean.

The new mutant soybean was designed to resist not just glyphosate, but also the dicamba herbicide, which has been used for decades. [2]

Read: Monsanto Spent $1 Billion on New Herbicide

The Road to Hell was Supposedly Paved with Good Intentions

The thinking behind “Xtend,” the new version of the herbicide-tolerant soybeans, was that it would give farmers the option of also spraying dicamba. This, Monsanto believed, would kill off the weeds that RoundUp couldn’t touch.

The problem with dicamba is that it’s known for evaporating quickly and drifting into neighboring fields. What’s more, ridiculously small amounts of the chemical can wreak havoc on soybeans.

Source: AGFAX.com

Read: Study Finds Dicamba Harms Non-Targeted Plants and Insects

Monsanto sold farmers the new biotech soybean seeds before the company could provide an updated version of dicamba, one that was designed not to drift. [3] [2]

To Make Matters Worse

The new dicamba, you see, is still awaiting approval from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When and if it gains approval, the agency may impose restrictions on how and when the chemical may be used.

Monsanto didn’t care that it was unapproved, and it wasn’t going to sit around waiting on the silly government to give it the go-ahead. It went ahead and started selling its dicamba-resistant soybeans anyway, handing farmers a new weed-killing tool that wasn’t approved yet.

According to Philip Miller, vice president of global regulatory affairs for Monsanto, the company “took quite a bit of effort” instructing farmers and pesticide dealers to avoid spraying older versions of dicamba over the new biotech fields and, for the most part, the farmers have complied.

Those that haven’t are likely breaking the law out of desperation.

soybeans-crop-800Barber said this threat only adds to the farmers’ frustration:

“They’re afraid that they’re not going to be able to grow what they want to grow. They’re afraid that they’re going to be forced to go with that technology.” [3]

Farmers have always had to contend with drifting, but Bob Scott, a weed specialist at the University of Arkansas, said he’s never seen it this bad before:

“This is a unique situation that Monsanto created.”

Farmers whose fields have been damaged are especially angry, said Tom Barber, another scientist at the University of Arkansas who studies weeds, and rightly so. They’re already struggling financially due to low crop prices. Barber explained:

“They see their soybeans out there all cupped up and stunted, their reaction is not good.

We’ve seen cases of herbicide drift before. Usually the farmers work it out among themselves. But it’s getting to the point now, it’s made a lot of farmers upset with their neighbors. It’s an unfortunate thing.”

In Missouri, more than 1,000 farmers have filed formal complaints with the state’s Department of Agriculture. In Arkansas, 25 complaints have been filed. If the department determines that a farmer has sprayed dicamba illegally, the farmer can be fined.

In Arkansas, fines can reach $1,000. State regulators are considering raising the maximum fine to $5,000 because the lower fines aren’t stopping farmers from spraying dicamba.

Even if the EPA approves the use of Monsanto’s reformulated version, the Arkansas Plant Board may implement new regulations that could drastically restrict the use of dicamba.

There is also evidence that Monsanto’s new glyphosate-dicamba mixture might not work for very long. Recent research suggests that weeds may evolve to resist dicamba over just 3 years.

Of course, Monsanto and other chemical companies like Dow have vowed to create other, new toxic mixtures and crops designed to withstand them. [4]

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Sources:

[1] TakePart

[2] The Wall Street Journal

[3] NPR

[4] Environmental Working Group

AGFAX.com

Monsanto, DuPont Unleash Highly Toxic, Drift-Prone Dicamba Herbicide Endangering Public Health & North America’s Food Supply

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L.J. Devon
July 13, 2016

Certain kinds of plant growth are becoming more invasive in farmers’ fields. These super weeds are resisting the increased use of glyphosate and other herbicides. It has been going on for awhile now. Nature is fighting back. Weeds are finding new ways to adapt and survive.

Take for instance, the garlic mustard plant (Alliaria petiolata), which has become increasingly invasive in the Midwest in recent years. It is now recommended that farmers fight back this plant with cold weather application of glyphosate. This strategy also kills many great herbs, such as shepherd’s-purse and common chickweed, to name a few.

As ecological diversity of plant life disappears and as super weeds take hold in the fields, biotech corporations have only one solution…

Abusive cycle continues with wide scale release of toxic dicamba herbicide

Corporations, like Monsanto and DuPont, believe the solution to the problems they create is to continue the abusive cycle of creating stronger herbicides – which only endanger public health, strip the soil of its minerals and nutrients, and kill off beneficial, native plant life.

How else would these biotech corporations continue to protect their monopoly on genetically modified seeds? How else would they continue to control farmers, agriculture, and the food supply?

Even though these corporations continue to destroy the environment and public health, regulators at the USDA continue to give Big Biotech the green light for unleashing new waves of highly toxic herbicides.

Like partners in crime, Monsanto, DuPont, and the USDA are coming together to unleash the highly toxic, drift prone dicamba herbicide for Monsanto’s new line of GM dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton seeds.

Monsanto always has another “answer” for the problems they create. The USDA even admits that these new dicamba-tolerant seeds are “not likely to provide for agronomic sustainability” but they approved their commercial release anyway.

The USDA predicts that there will be an 88-fold increase in dicamaba spraying in the next year. To prepare for wide scale dicamaba sales, Monsanto has already asked the Environment Protection Agency to increase tolerance levels for dicamaba by 150-fold for use on cotton seed.

Dicamba is very drift prone, threatening organic farming and all broad leaf plants

Virtually all broadleaf plants, including fruits, nuts, vegetables, and non-GM commodity crops face certain eradication in the presence of dicamba. Not only does this herbicide drift after it is sprayed, but it also evaporates in the days and weeks after application, drifting for miles before destroying another person’s crops and plants. Dicamba is designed to disrupt the normal growth processes of plants through hormonal pathways.

Unleashing the new herbicide will have irreversible effects on native flora and fauna and will continue the chemical assault on human health. To make matters worse, dicamba has a bad reputation for drifting to neighboring fields and committing genetic damage to organic, non-GM crops. Organic farmers suffer crop losses because of herbicide drift. Herbicides like dicamba inadvertently yet predictably assault the property of organic farmers, hurting their yields and making it harder for them to keep their food free of toxins. Furthermore, organic farmers have no recourse in the courts because herbicide-doused, GM seeds are a protected, patented property. In fact, Monsanto has a sordid history of actually suing organic farmers, claiming that their GM technology is stolen when their GM seeds mate with plants from neighboring organic farms.

On top of all this, organic farms have to go through strict, expensive testing and validation to prove that their crops are indeed clean and free from biotech toxins. Shouldn’t it be the other way around? Shouldn’t toxic GM food be placed under heavy scrutiny, labeled with warning stickers, and strictly sanctioned off so it won’t pollute real whole foods?

If herbicides and GM traits drift to organic fields, organic farmers should be able to sue Monsanto, not the other way around. Thankfully there are ways to grow clean food and protect it right at home, year round. These clean growing methods can and should be implemented on a large scale, but since the North American agricultural system is rigged and owned by the biotech industry, individuals will have to take matters into their own hands. Learning to grow your own food is a great way to make positive change happen, right at home.

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USA Deregulates New Monsanto Genetically Modified Food Strain

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Julie Fidler
March 29, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened the door for farmers to plant MON87419, a new strain of genetically modified (GM) corn created by Monsanto to tolerate the weed killers dicamba and glufosinate without government oversight. The move will likely increase spraying of the herbicides.

Like earlier strains of GMO corn, MON87419 is designed to withstand being coated in toxic chemicals that wipe out weeds and other plant life on farm fields. The deregulation was announced by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service last Monday. [1]

The USDA deregulated the strain of corn after Monsanto petitioned the agency in August 2015. The move comes despite 2 dozen unfavorable statements received during the USDA’s public comment period. The consumer rights nonprofit organization Food & Water Watch was one such commenter. The group expressed concern that allowing the proliferation of such herb-resistant crops could “lead to an increase in dicamba use, which will spur the evolution of dicamba-resistant weeds and the abandonment of conservation tillage practices.

Another commenter included The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which said:

“Without a coordinated and thorough evaluation of the full technology package, and a meaningful analysis of impacts, adding yet another new crop/herbicide package will continue adding to the existing harmful effects on herbicides on ecological systems, human health, and farmers’ livelihoods through herbicide drift and nontarget crop losses; the widespread increase in herbicide-resistant weeds; and environmental and public health impact.”

The coalition called for an environmental impact statement (EIS) to determine what sort of environmental damage the GMO corn strain might cause. [2]

Monsanto is seeking to use dicamba to diversify and provide long-term growth, as generic products are seriously threatening sales of its blockbuster herbicide, Roundup. Farmers are also looking for alternatives to the toxic, glyphosate-containing product now that weeds are becoming resistant to it. [3]

According to the Save Our Crops Coalition, dicamba was “designed to eliminate broadleaf weeds, the use of these herbicides has the harmful side effect of injuring broadleaf crops, like soybeans, tomatoes, grapes, green beans, peas, cucumbers, squash, melons, pumpkins, and other fruits and vegetables.  In addition, herbicide application inconsistent with label directions can harm corn production.

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