Monsanto’s Weed Killer Divides Farmers

Monsanto’s Weed Killer Divides Farmers

Monsanto’s newest release of genetically modified seeds, resistant to the weed killer, Dicamba were planted on 25 million acres of soybean and cotton this year.  Since weeds are becoming resistant to weed killer, chemical companies are developing seeds that are tolerant to more herbicides. Environmentalists and weed scientists are concerned that genetically modified seed will increase the use of pesticides. Farmers who have not bought the seed but have suffered crop loss due to chemical drift are joining a lawsuit against the chemical giant. Arkansas and Missouri have also banned the use of the weed killer for periods of time during the summer.  The health, environmental, and economic effects of genetically modified crops and the use of pesticides are unparalleled in our modern world.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/21/business/monsanto-dicamba-weed-killer.html?emc=edit_tnt_20170921&nlid=82081530&tntemail0=y