In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act
Three million acres destroyed by Dicamba
by David Noakes
Monsanto Roundup Glyphosate Weedkiller has been a predictable disaster; instead of killing weeds, it grows Glyphosate resistant ones. So farmers are paying Monsanto again for more toxic weed killers to kill the weeds that Monsanto failed to kill.
The most toxic and dangerous is Dicamba. Its known to cause Non Hogkins Lymphoma, which, so far, is an improvement on Glyphosate, which causes thirty diseases and two cancers. Monsanto says the dicamba drift is controlled; its not blown about by the wind.
Some farmers still believe Monsanto, and are astonished its drifted across 3 million acres. Dicamba destroys one acre of soyabeans with the amount of gas you release on opening one can of Coke.
A class action lawsuit has been filed by Morgan & Morgan against Monsanto, BASF and DuPont, makers of Dicamba.
Lawsuits against Monsanto are growing - there’s one for Lymphoma against Roundup, with hundreds of planitiffs. But even with billion dollar payouts, its unlikely that Bayer’s attempt to take them over will be affected.
Crops, plants and trees, even GMO crops, will wither and die in Dicamba’s presence, unless they are genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to dicamba.
"Losses blamed on accidental chemical damage could climb into the tens of millions of dollars, if not higher, and may have a ripple effect on other products that rely on soybeans, including chicken. The number of complaints 'far exceeds anything we've ever seen,' Arkansas Plant Board Director Terry Walker recently told lawmakers."
Like Roundup, dicamba-resistant plants have quickly turned into a nightmare for those who plant them, and their neighbors:
"'I'm a fan of Monsanto. I've bought a lot of their products,' said Brad Williams, a Missouri farmer. 'I can't wrap my mind around the fact that there would be some kind of evil nefarious plot to put a defective product out there intentionally.'
Yet he has been dismayed both by damage to his soybean crops, which were within a wide area of farmland harmed by dicamba, and by the impact even to trees on his property. Leaves, he said, were 'so deformed you couldn't even really identify the differences between them.'"
Kentucky soybean farmer Jacob Goodman on the Ohio Valley Resource website calls dicamba drift "chemical arson" - plants will curl and shrivel with chemical burns.
Farmer Kenneth Qualls of Arkansas states in The New York Times: "'It's really divided the farming community … Some of these people who got victimized by this product are probably going to go out of business because of it. They'll have to put up their equipment for auction, and the people bidding on it will be the ones who put them out of business."
In a statement, Morgan & Morgan attorney Rene Rocha said:
"This has been a major issue for American agriculture. Farmers across the country relied upon the defendants' assurances that these new formulations of dicamba could be used safely and without harm to others. That simply isn't true, and as a result thousands of farmers are staring down lean harvests and uncertain futures."
Monsanto appears to have deliberately prevented testing of dicamda. Normally tests are shared with regulators. Universities get samples for analysis and testing. Regulators and researchers can then assess the product's safety. That’s not happened.
Farmers face the dilemma of choosing to grow dicamba-resistant crops to avoid having their harvest destroyed by other dicamba growers — thus submitting to what is effectively Monsanto’s blackmail. Dicamba sales are expected to climb from 1 million to 25 million pounds year.
There's no doubt the dicamba disaster needs to be stopped, quickly. Farmers will not survive several years of crop destruction. What if it starts to destroy forests and countryside? Like Monsanto’s Glyphosate, Dicamba-resistant GE crops are likely to cause serious health problems, and as there is no GE labelling in the U.S. its is a real risk for visitors to supermarkets.
Dicamba, like Glyphoste, is putting farmers out of business.
You may be surprised to hear Monsanto is is probably not the world’s most evil company. Yes, it has killed 100,000 farm workers in Nicaragua with chronic kidney disease caused by glyphosate. In India 250,000 farmers have committed suicide since 1995 when their Monsanto GMO crops failed to grow - they are designed to fail in the second year. Glyphosate poison is in 90% of Westerners, and is killing many.
But the drugs of the big pharmaceutical corporations have killed millions.
Monsanto blames the Dicamba disaster on farmers. Well, to be fair, farmers are killing the public with Monsanto products. They must be stunningly stupid to buy anything from Monsanto, so Monsanto has a point.