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Monsanto Mistake Spawns Widespread Crop Losses

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  • This past spring, Monsanto released Roundup Ready Xtend cotton and soybean seeds, designed to tolerate both Roundup and dicamba, an older toxic herbicide known for its tendency to cause unintended crop damage
  • The seeds were released even though the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had not yet approved Monsanto’s “new and improved” low-drift glyphosate/dicamba formulation to be used on them
  • Faced with Roundup resistant pigweed, farmers illegally sprayed older dicamba products on their Roundup Ready Xtend plants, causing crop decimation across 10 states from dicamba drift

By Dr. Mercola

After two decades of planting glyphosate-tolerant crops, resistant weeds have overtaken farm fields across the U.S., leaving farmers to battle an increasingly difficult situation. At least 35 weed species are now resistant to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup.


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