—Dicamba use on GMO crops proposed “” As effectiveness of glyphosate, a widely used herbicide, declines and concern over its adverse health effects increases, the pesticide dicamba may be coming to the fore. At the request of Monsanto, EPA on April 1 proposed to register dicamba for use on cotton and soybeans that are genetically modified to tolerate this benzoic acid-based herbicide. EPA says dicamba, which is already registered for other applications, would be used to control weeds that have developed resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup and its generic competitors. “When used according to label directions, dicamba is safe for everyone, including infants, the developing fetus, the elderly, and more highly exposed groups such as agricultural workers,” EPA says.
by Cheryl Hogue |
April 11, 2016