Under the new fast-track USDA petition process, Monsanto is seeking non-regulated status for its new stacked herbicide (dicamba and glyphosate) tolerant soybean.
Since the introduction of GM crops, the US has seen herbicide use increase by over 300 million pounds. Big Biotech originally claimed that weeds would not develop resistance to glyphosate (RoundUp), but they have. These new "superweeds" have become the driving force behind new crops engineered for stacked, or multiple, herbicide tolerances. Penn State ecologist David Mortensen predicts that herbicide use on soy could increase 70% if the new 2,4-D and dicamba tolerant seeds are adopted. Inevitably new "superweeds" will develop in response to the new biotech crops and the pesticide treadmill will continue to the detriment of human health and the environment.
According to the Institute for Science in Society (ISIS), "dicamba is actually an old herbicide that served alongside "agent orange" in Vietnam, and has been resurrected as an environmentally friendly chemical through the magic of public relations. " It is similar in structure and mode to 2,4-D, a major component of Agent Orange, and has the highest soil mobility of over 40 evaluated herbicides, which leads to increased water contamination. Dicamba can also drift for miles and has caused millions in damages to Midwestern growers who have suffered crop losses due to herbicide drift onto their farms.
Tell USDA to reject Monsanto's dicamba tolerant soy!
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