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Farmers Association VS Monsanto's 'DICAMBA' weed killer spraying; David vs Goliath

Post by Aspca4ever on Thu Feb 15, 2018 6:01 pm

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1 day ago - In Arkansas, there's a kind of David-versus-Goliath battle underway over a weedkiller. On one side, there's the giant Monsanto Company. On the other, a committee of 18 people, mostly farmers and small business owners, who regulate the use of pesticides in the state. They've banned Monsanto's latest ...
I had the opportunity to listen to this Mr. Fuller on the NPR local radio station the other day ...WOW; now his organization - his family - his neighbors - his entire state is split over this issue of 'allowing DICAMBA' to be sprayed or to keep the state wide ban in place.  Mr. Fuller's even had to start carrying a loaded fire arm due to the numerous threats against him & his farm.

When Fuller heard about this invention a few years ago, he thought it was great. "I absolutely wanted to spray dicamba in Arkansas and the rest of the nation," he says.
Farmers began spraying the chemical on their fields last summer, and they say it worked splendidly. The problem was that when the weather turned hot, the weedkiller didn't stay where it was supposed to. It seemed to evaporate and drift, sometimes for a mile or more, into fields of other crops that can't tolerate dicamba. It left those crops stunted or with curled up leaves.
"I could not walk out of my house without seeing damage," says Fuller.

Drifting dicamba hurt soybeans, backyard tomatoes, melons and orchards. Millions of acres of crops were affected, from Mississippi to Minnesota.
It was a fiasco. And Terry Fuller had the power to stop it — at least in his own state. He's a member of the Arkansas State Plant Board, which regulates pesticides and seeds.
"I'm charged with protecting the citizens of the state of Arkansas, and it appears that I wasn't doing a very good job of protecting the citizens and can't even protect myself," he says. Even trees in his own yard showed symptoms of exposure to dicamba.
As with many of Monsanto's previous insecticides & herbicides ...they failure to do proper protocol testing {wide range testing for varied climates & wind conditions & longevity} and then to publish those 'EXACT FINDINGS' without polishing up their possible 'control issues' has been systemic and criminal IMO!
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Re: Farmers Association VS Monsanto's 'DICAMBA' weed killer spraying; David vs Goliath

Post by Wolfie on Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:32 am

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IN another twist to Monsanto's ongoing mission to destroy the planet's living environment, Monsanto is now in bed with the US guvm'nt, via a division of the Pentagon working hand-in-hand with Monsanto to help the spread of patented GMO organisms -- both plants and animals (with honeybees(!) as their latest target..) -- under the guise of "international humanitarian aid"...

Another step along the way, in corporate America's ongoing attempts to control global food chains..

More on this developing saga, when I get the story together for a new thread this weekend.

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Re: Farmers Association VS Monsanto's 'DICAMBA' weed killer spraying; David vs Goliath

Post by Aspca4ever on Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:19 pm

Ah, indeed ...Wolfie; I do recall our discussions regarding the 'Wide Spread Decimation of our Honey Bees'!

When the morons were spraying in South Carolina in that feeble attempt to circumvent the ZIKA infestation ...yes, we've allowed some really heinous/knee jerk over reactions  to be done to our areas with little to no regard to the long lasting impact upon: water/birds/bees natural habitat.
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Post by Aspca4ever on Sat Feb 17, 2018 2:26 pm

GOP sides with Monsanto, threatens to cut off WHO funding for agency that labeled glyphosate as a carcinogen
Several Republicans once again side with Monsanto and put American's health on the line.
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Republican lawmakers are once again questioning science.
At a House Science Committee hearing on Tuesday, several Republicans sided with Monsanto in their questioning of the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) classification of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen. Lawmakers are going so far as to threaten to cut off the agency’s funding over it’s claim that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s major pesticide, Roundup, potentially causes cancer in humans.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) claims that the IARC’s findings are “unsubstantiated” and “not backed by reliable data”, a claim disputed by independent scientists.
Smith stated, “The selective use of data and the lack of public disclosure raise questions about why IARC should receive any government funding in the future.” Smith’s [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] for this claim include government officials and a former scientist for the pesticide industry.
A review by the Environmental Protection Agency concluded in December that glyphosate is not likely to cause cancer at typical levels of exposure.
The IARC’s program that investigated the affects of certain chemicals, including glyphosate, on humans, relied on studies where high doses of chemicals were fed or injected in rats and mice. The EPA’s studies on the other hand often rely on industry-funded studies, look at the long-term threat pesticides and herbicides pose based on anticipated uses.
Monsanto has been in full-panic mode since the IARC released their conclusion. The mega-corporation filed a suit against California when the state moved to require a warning of the potential cancer threat on the packaging label for Roundup. Monsanto also meant more than $4.3 million in lobbying last year along.
Jennifer Sass, a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council who testified at the hearing, says that the attacks on the IARC “can be traced to the ‘playbook’ of the tobacco industry for discrediting findings related to active and passive smoking.”
“Fundamentally, this hearing is about the ability of a public health agency to call a carcinogen a carcinogen, even if it makes a huge amount of money for a powerful corporation,” Sass said. “Are we willing to sell out the public’s right to know about harmful chemicals in the places we work, live and play, just so that Monsanto can sell more glyphosate?”
Fortunately, some lawmakers remain in the IARC’s side. In a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] released shortly before the hearing, Democrats on the House Science Committee expressed that the efforts of Monsanto and Big Ag, “Appear aimed at corrupting and disrupting any honest, thorough and complete scientific evaluation of glyphosate and its potential adverse impact on the public’s health.”
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So frustrating & disgusting that while the wing-nuts within the Republican party have grown in power and numbers for their 'Whited Sepulcher' behavior and their ability to deny & refute solid science with their 'fakery & BS' ...it's impacting our lives and the future or our entire planet & our children!   Evil or Very Mad  
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Re: Farmers Association VS Monsanto's 'DICAMBA' weed killer spraying; David vs Goliath

Post by Wolfie Yesterday at 2:28 am

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I lost faith in the EPAs in both the USA and here in Australia many years ago, just watching some of the obvious crap they spout, and their constant claims that they can't take effective action against some big business or another goevernment department (especially if that department happens to be Defence..).

Just goes to show what happens when guvm'nt "Yes" men are put in charge of bureaucracies whose original mission may have been to look after their citizens and their environment, but these days are more beholden to their political masters and their major party donors..
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Post by Aspca4ever Yesterday at 1:35 pm

Wolfie wrote: pirat

I lost faith in the EPAs in both the USA and here in Australia many years ago,  just watching some of the obvious crap they spout, and their constant claims that they can't take effective action against some big business or another government department (especially if that department happens to be Defence..).

Just goes to show what happens when guvm'nt "Yes" men are put in charge of bureaucracies whose original mission may have been to look after their citizens and their environment, but these days are more beholden to their political masters and their major party donors..
I'm unaware & not familiar with how your many regions are allowed their own governace's regarding such chemical applications; here in the USA it seems very 'helter skelter' and between the EPA not carrying {acting as MONSANTO'S ad agents} this debacle in that was allowed to play out in South Carolina {circa Sept. 2016} >  [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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