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Scant Oversight, Corporate Secrecy Preceded US Weed Killer Crisis

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"As the U.S. growing season entered its peak this summer, farmers began posting startling pictures on social media: fields of beans, peach orchards and vegetable gardens withering away, and new details provided to Reuters independent researchers & regulators, & previously unreported testimony by a company employee, demonstrate the unusual way Monsanto introduced its product & prevented key independent testing of its product which went unchallenged by the Environmental Protection Agency and nearly every state regulator.In this case, Monsanto denied requests by university researchers to study its XtendiMax with VaporGrip for volatility - a measure of its tendency to vaporize and drift across fields. “The EPA does not perform field testing or solicit local input. Some states are now forming task forces to determine what should be done about the damage."

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