Arkansas has moved to ban popular herbicide.
Both Arkansas and The Missouri Department of Agriculture have passed legislation to ban the use of popular herbicides including the chemical dicamba.
Missouri issued a statement announcing they would be banning Engenia, a “low volatility” dicamba which is mainly produced by German company BASF.
But the law is bad news for Monsanto, their herbicide ‘Xtendimax’ is thought to be the next in line to be affected by the ban.
GMO and other heavily chemically produced herbicides and pesticides are being cracked down on, as health fears over these products grow.
For many years now, crops have sprayed with a cocktail of chemicals, which the companies who produce the products and the farmers that use them claim that there is no adverse ill effects connected to the ingestion of these chemicals.
However there are a growing number of lawsuits to suggest otherwise. Monsanto’s most famous product ‘Roundup’ is barely out of the news, as lawsuits stack up which claim that close contact with the product developed tumors in some people, and the state of California has decided that the product is dangerous and not suitable for use.
Arkansas is a farming state, and the decision to ban these chemicals has not been taken lightly. It marks a new era of farming not just in the U.S but across the world as people reject the heavily chemical processed used in the production of our food.
A seperate lawsuit, filed in October 2017 looks to “prevent the Plant Board from continuing to regulate the use of Monsanto’s new low-volatility dicamba herbicide.”
The decision to ban dicamba has come from the fact that the chemical has a habit of volatilizing, meaning that gasses form on the crops and are carried between their original place of planting and anywhere else they are taken to, this can contaminate every other crop that they come into contact with, including crops which have not been safeguarded against the chemical.