The controversy over GMOs and Roundup is well known across the country, although people still insist on buying these crops.
But few people know about another controversial chemical produced by Monsanto (now Bayer), dicamba, which is sprayed on soybeans and other crops but oftentimes drifts far away and “hits unintended targets.”
It may sound like a war scenario, but it’s been playing out on farmland across the country with no signs of stopping, causing millions of dollars in damages to innocent farmers whose crops are caught in the crossfire.
And so far in 2018, this trend shows little sign of stopping, despite a ban in Arkansas that has continued and restrictions in numerous other states.
Monsanto Chemical Damage Hundreds of Thousands of Acres
According to a new article from EcoWatch, the dicamba problem has roared back yet again in 2018, causing damage to hundreds of thousands of acres of soybeans just a few days into the summer growing season.
Robert Fraley, the Monsanto chief technology officer who will step down in the future after Bayer’s multi-billion dollar takeover of the company is complete, has nonetheless attempted to push forth the narrative that little damage is taking place.
He tweeted on June 16 that there are “very few injury reports so far this year,” because of the company’s focus on making the products’ instructions easier to follow.
But one Twitter user responded back saying that Fraley must not be seeing the same thing that he is in the field currently.
“Our fruit trees and tomatoes in our yard are a mile away from the nearest dicamba field and have damage. EVERY acre of [LibertyLink] and [non-GMO] bean on our fields is damaged no matter how far away from dicamba they are. There are BIG problems.”
Despite Fraley’s assertions, dicamba damage has hit a total of 383,000 acres of soybean fields already this year, even though we still have yet to reach the high heat that typically produces the most amount of damage from the chemical.
In other words, farmers should prepare for even more destruction.
Dicamba is Also Produced by Bayer’s GMO Division
As Bayer and Monsanto continue to work toward becoming a singular company, it’s important to know that Bayer already has a GMO division of its own, called CropScience, that produces genetically engineered crops and pesticides on a massive scale like Monsanto including dicamba.
Few people realize it because Bayer is so well known for their drugs (and to some for their history of collaboration with the Nazi war machine; read our list of 8 reasons to boycott them here), but Bayer already has its feet firmly planted in the realm of GMOs and pesticides.
With that in mind it’s more important than ever to raise awareness of these problems and to spread the word about Bayer, especially considering the stakes: already Missouri’s largest peach grower has sued Monsanto for causing millions in damages due to dicamba, and it was just announced that a jury trial has been given the go-ahead.
And sadly, it appears as if it’s just a matter of time before more similar “ecological disasters” end up happening thanks to the controversial chemical.