Yes, I said they destroy crops. This is because dicamba turns into a vapor and drifts on the wind. The crops it lands on die. Just as importantly, the wild plants in the neighborhood die as well, as Richard Coy, a beekeeper, told the Arkansas State Plant Board.
"Yes, it's just weeds and vines," Coy told the board. "But those weeds and vines are there for a reason. This is about the environment. If we don't get a handle on it, our natural environment will not be the same."Arkansas is on the verge of banning dicamba and cutting into the profits Monsanto gets from 20 million acres planted with GMO dicamba-resistant plants. Monsanto's response? Dicamba doesn't kill plants, people kill plants by using dicamba improperly.
This is the same argument used by corporations that manufacture firearms--Guns don't kill people. People kill people--and software manufacturers--Our software works perfectly. Problems are the result of user error.
The argument is wearing thin when it comes to crops being poisoned in Arkansas. Yes, it is humans that cause natural catastrophes like defoliation of wildlands. It's the humans who manufacture toxic chemicals and convince farmers to spray them on their crops.
Be strong, Arkansas. Protect the natural world, it's the only one we have.