From Pan.

Here we go again. Monsanto recently pushed a new line of genetically engineered (GE) crops to market — and farmers are, once again, getting burned.

Growers in Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri are reporting extensive crop damage from dicamba, the herbicide being used on Monsanto’s new GE “Xtend” soy. Particularly prone to drift into neighboring fields, dicamba is toxic to broadleaf plants like fruit, nuts, vegetables — and non-GE soy.

This problem of pesticide drift isn’t a surprise. So why were these dicamba-tolerant seeds allowed on the market last year?

Monsanto says they’ve reformulated dicamba to be less drift prone. But since EPA has not approved the new formulation yet, it’s the volatile, old-style version that’s being applied. And even when “new and improved” dicamba is available, there’s no guarantee that the older, cheaper — and more damaging — version of the chemical won’t continue being used in the field. 

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