Ban Harmful Herbicide That Devastates Plant Life

Target: Rober McNally, Director of Office of Pesticide Programs, Biopesticides, and Pollution Prevention Division

Goal: Prevent herbicide from renewing registration in November 2018.

Monsanto created dicamba, an herbicide created to monopolize the soybean and cotton seed industry. Farmers in Arkansas were in an uproar as millions of crops and non-crops like trees were damaged from the spray because it drifted from the point of use. On February 16, 2018, Monsanto lost a lawsuit against the state of Arkansas, which allowed the state to uphold a ban on dicamba from the period of April 16 to October 31. Although Monsanto claims that the EPA considered the potential harmful effects and conducted thorough analyses, the National Family Farm Coalition, which is leading the lawsuit, claims that the EPA took orders from Monsanto and did not consider third-party evidence regarding the herbicide’s effects.

Other complaints being brought against the EPA and Monsanto involve violating the Endangered Species Act and key requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Among the key concerns is that the EPA was influenced by Monsanto during the registration process. Although the ban in Arkansas highlights success, this herbicide, being sold under the name XtendiMax, should not be able to renew its registration in November 2018.

The seed company giant Monsanto is using it as another form to dominate the genetically-engineered seeds industry, aiming to undermine small farmers. According to a lawyer from the Center for Food Safety, the EPA did not perform required rigorous analysis and data, and did not protect farmer and public interest when they registered the herbicide. Sign the petition below to urge the EPA to remove the herbicide registration in November 2018 to protect crops, plants, and trees.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. McNally,

Monsanto has a history of using herbicides and pesticides to further their agenda of remaining at the top of the agricultural seed industry. One of their products, the dicamba herbicide sold under the name XtendiMax, should not be re-registered in November 2018 because it has harmed millions of crops and non-crops, and evidence from various parties shows that the EPA did not perform required analysis on its effects.

The EPA should protect the public and farmers’ interests, not seed moguls who use herbicides that harm other crops. Although herbicides and pesticides are now ubiquitous, their registration should not violate federal laws, nor should their registration be influenced by the company selling them. Along with damages to other crops, potential risks not analyzed include risks to endangered species, human health, and environmental health. I urge you to not renew dicamba’s registration in November 2018.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mike Mozart

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8 Comments

  1. Toxic!!! You need a hazard suit to use this stuff! Come on, wake up!

  2. We are destroying so much and so many species are in peril. It’s disgusting the greed of some, remember the old adage, “the extinction of one is the extinction of the other.” One day the other could be us.

  3. Monsanto is in the business of poisoning the Earth, its crops, and the humans & wildlife that feed here. Pesti/herbicides are NOT necessary to grow food! Too many people have been brainwashed into thinking we need poison to grow food. STOP the nonsense!

    • GEN AGUSTSSON says:

      were brainwashed to poison ourselves but were not designed to poison all life. they have no business to poison our planet.

  4. Marco Salvetti says:

    Monsanto kills!

  5. Monsanto caused many farmers in India to commit suicide because of restrictions placed on the use of their seeds. Monsanto is evil!

  6. I would like to refer to Monsanto as dumb but they are not. They know exactly what they are doing, what harm they cause – they just give a damn because they will not life forever, and what’s after them who cares.
    The only thing that counts is status, money, and how to spend it.
    With all the harmful poisoning which finds them too, they may die quicker than expected.

  7. evil bastards are destroying the planet

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