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General News    H3'ed 8/22/16

Monsanto Just Made a Massive Mistake

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The Environmental Protection Agency announced it had gotten an 'unusually high number of reports of crop damage that appear related to misuse of herbicides containing the active ingredient dicamba.' Complaints of drooping and often dead crops appeared in no fewer than 10 states, the EPA reports. The trouble appears to stem from decisions made by the Missouri-based seed and pesticide giant Monsanto. Back in April, the company bet big on dicamba, announcing a $975 million expansion of its production facility in Luling, Louisiana. The chemical is the reason the company launched its new Roundup Ready Xtend soybean and cotton seeds, genetically engineered to withstand both dicamba and Monsanto's old flagship herbicide, glyphosate (brand name: Roundup).

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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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