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Monsanto – In Trouble Again

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Touch the Soil News #752 (feature photo – chemical diagram of Dicamba) The problem of dicamba drift – when an herbicide chemical put on one farm drifts over to another – has mushroomed in the past few years. The technical name for dicamba is 3,6 – dichloro-2-methoxybenzoic acid. The recent sale by Monsanto of dicamba-resistant cotton and soybeans resulted in farmers being able to use the more powerful dicamba over the standard Roundup (glyphosate). So when farmers plant dicamba-resistant cotton and soybeans, they can use the more powerful chemical dicamba. The problem is that the product has a tendency to drift after spraying onto other non-dicamba resistant crops. The damages…

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A Wrench in the Spokes of Monsanto’s Bike

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Touch the Soil News #333 Organizations and movements around the world have been fighting the likes of Monsanto and GMO foods that rely on heavy chemical use – particularly glyphosate – aka Roundup. Come to find out, the European Commission of the European Union had planned to rubber stamp a new 15-year license for the chemical. But not so fast, the nations of Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands decided to step in and block the approval. This international wrench in the spokes is being praised by Greenpeace and other anti-GMO organizations. International pictogram used to designate hazardous substances like glyphosate. So what was the reason we are we putting…

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