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Tell USDA to pull these GE seeds off the market

Dear PAOV,

Once again, Monsanto’s newest genetically engineered (GE) seeds are causing serious problems for farmers.

“Xtend” soy and cotton are designed for use with the drift-prone herbicide dicamba. In just the second year of planting, dicamba use has already dramatically increased — exposing the non-GE crops in neighboring fields to damaging herbicide drift.

When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave dicamba-resistant crops the greenlight two years ago, scientists and farmers warned that pesticide drift would be a serious problem. And it is.

Join us in telling the USDA to pull dicamba-resistant crops off the market.

Dicamba is particularly harmful to broadleaf plants like fruit, nuts, vegetables and soy. So far this month, farmers in Arkansas are being hit the hardest, with more than 420 official reports of dicamba crop damage on the books. In fact, the problem is so severe that the state is working to enact an emergency ban for this herbicide.

Farmers in Missouri and Tennessee are also starting to see serious damage, with reported drift incidents likely to increase as their seasons come into full swing.

Urge USDA to reverse its decision and stop the planting of Monsanto’s new GE seeds.

While Xtend soy and cotton have been advertised as a necessary tool for farmers to combat the “superweed” epidemic, Monsanto fails to mention two key points in its marketing:

  1. Glyphosate-resistant superweeds are the direct result of increased herbicide use on Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready crops; and
  2. There is nothing stopping weeds from also developing resistance to herbicides intended for use on newer GE seed lines, like dicamba and 2,4-D.

The model of engineering seeds to withstand repeated applications of herbicides is short-sighted and deeply flawed. It’s time for USDA to get behind solutions that support farmers in the long run.

Speak up today!

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