Unsubstantiated protests of 2,4-D and dicamba
National news media is making hay out of the fact that farm organizations are fractured about the use of two common herbicides. An agricultural coalition of “more than 2,000 U.S. farmers and food companies” has raised questions about the safety of 2,4-D and dicamba herbicides, mainly because they don’t want more of either herbicide applied to U.S. crops.
The protests are in reaction to Dow AgroScience and Monsanto developing biotech crops resistant to 2,4-D and dicamba respectively. The protest group, Save Our Crops Coalition, doesn’t care that both companies will be introducing completely new formulations of the herbicides that will only have a small percentage of drift and volatization potential of the current herbicide formulations.
A Reuters news service article by Carey Gillam gives lengthy attention to the coalition’s contentions and explains what the coalition is doing or poised to do.
Ignoring positive messages and information from Dow and Monsanto, quotes such as one from Steve Smith, director of agriculture at Red Gold tomato processor, shows the over zealous concern by members of the coalition. “The danger that 2,4-D and dicamba pose is a real threat to crops…nearly every food crop,” Smith is quoted as saying in the Reuters article.
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