Missouri and Arkansas Ban Monsanto's Drift-prone Pesticide
In response to more than 700 complaints of crop damage, both Missouri and Arkansas have announced immediate emergency bans on the sale and use of the controversial pesticide dicamba, which has damaged thousands of acres of crops across the Midwest and South.
"This drift-prone chemical is the latest evidence of the escalating dangers of our unreasonable addiction to pesticides, and it has no business being sprayed anywhere," said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center.
Dicamba is known for its tendency to evaporate and drift to nearby fields and is highly toxic to virtually all fruits and vegetables, as well as many other crops that haven't been genetically altered to resist it. It's also linked to cancer in farmers and risks to endangered species.
Read more in our press release.