It’s been a rough week for Monsanto. The reaction of the European Union to postpone the reregistration of glyphosate and the state of Arkansas banning the use of Dicamba are real setbacks for Monsanto and the Agrichemical industry. Finally, communities and farms harmed by these two dangerous chemicals are fighting back–and winning.
Opposition from France and Italy doomed the European Union vote on Thursday to reauthorize the world’s most popular weedkiller, glyphosate, a decision that came hours after Arkansas regulators moved to ban an alternative weedkiller for much of 2018.
The decisions are a double blow to the agrochemical industry and particularly to the chemicals giant Monsanto. An appeals committee of European officials will convene this month, though, to weigh again whether to continue to allow glyphosate just weeks before its registration expires. The chemical is the main ingredient in Roundup, one of Monsanto’s flagships, but its patent has ended and it is now made by much of the industry. Read more in The New York Times.
Arkansas soybean farmers who rely on a chemical called Dicamba to kill weeds must stop using it during the growing season next year. That’s because it has allegedly been drifting to neighboring farms and killing crops.
The State Plant Board voted Wednesday to ban the use of dicamba after hearing public comments. Learn more about the Dicamba ban on UA public radio.
Big Ag is facing further setbacks with the bans happening in the UK and California.
The UK will back a total ban on insect-harming pesticides in fields across Europe, the environment secretary, Michael Gove, has revealed. Read more in the Guardian.
California will restrict farmers’ use of certain pesticides near schools and day-care centers under a new rule announced this week that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S. Read more in the LA Times.