An old poison returns – and wreaks more havoc on crops

America is in the midst of a devastating crisis.

And while the mainstream media continue to nitpick every little to-do that comes across Twitter, they’re ignoring one of the biggest stories — and threats to our health, livelihoods, and well-being — that’s happening now.

I’m talking about the unleashing of a poison across the U.S. in mega-amounts. It’s an old weed killer called dicamba that’s been reformulated to use as an “over-the-top” application on genetically modified growing plants. (These are crops created in the laboratory, that, like Roundup Ready ones, can survive the chemical.)

And it’s something that’s bad for just about everyone — except, that is, the companies that have used it to “grow” their bottom lines.

If you’re a farmer who doesn’t use it, this particular poison can kill your crops and send you to the brink of bankruptcy.

If you’re a grower who does apply this chemical, your neighbors will hate you and may even sue you for ruining their harvest.

If you live close to a farm where it’s used, it can drift right into your house, harming you, your kids, and your grandkids.

But even if none of the above apply, there are still some basic precautions you need to take in eliminating certain foods from your diet that have been sprayed with this chemical, as dicamba has been linked to both cancer and birth defects.

All I can say is thank goodness that there are simple ways to protect ourselves and our families from this latest example of corporate greed run amok.

A destructive drift

Dicamba is one more illustration of how we’ve allowed one of life’s most basic requirements — nutritious, safe food — to be taken over by mega-corporations that care more about profits than people.

Over a year ago, when the EPA approved these new versions of this old poison, we warned you that it was going to be a total disaster. And I’m sorry to say that we hit the nail right on the head.

Dicamba was first approved way back in 1967, but three big chemical companies recently mixed it up into some formulations with fancy names (like Monsanto’s XtendiMax) for use on those GMOs. And bingo! It was somehow considered new and improved.

Only it wasn’t really new or improved.

They can rename dicamba all they want, but the truth of the matter is that it can still send your risk of three different blood cancers through the roof. And that’s in addition to being linked to serious birth defects and cell death in unborn babies.

Unfortunately, at this point, it’s almost impossible to get this monster back into its cage. Several states are trying to impose various restrictions on its use, but Monsanto, Dow-DuPont, and another chemical giant, BASF, keep hitting back with a stables of lawyers and fistfuls of money.

Obviously, keeping dicamba on the market is worth billions to these mega-companies, and it’s apparent they will do whatever it takes to keep on selling it.

Monsanto’s latest trick is to get farmers to stock up on this toxic herbicide by cutting the price and offering rebates. That way, it can tell state officials (many of whom would like to see it off the market) that growers have a financial stake in its continued use.

But what about the financial hit on those who choose not to use this toxic spray?

Down on the neighboring farms, millions of dollars in crops have been killed due to dicamba “drift.” By the end of last year, over 2,000 complaints were filed over such devastating crop losses.

Even organic farms have been hit hard.

But as I said, you don’t have to be involved in farming or even live in a rural area to be affected by this horrific herbicide.

Monsanto’s XtendiMax and other “new” dicamba sprays are being applied extensively to GM soy and cotton. That means it’s vital to stop buying any processed foods containing soy unless they’re either organic or carry the “Non-GMO Project Verified” label.

That personal ban should apply to anything containing cottonseed oil, which is commonly found in nut products and snack foods, as well.

Taking those two steps will also help you dodge glyphosate, the toxic ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup.

And if you happen to live in a rural area, it’s also very important to get the “drift” on what neighboring farms are using on their fields.

Be it dicamba, Roundup, or any other poison, remember that these chemicals don’t stay put. They can affect you and your loved ones just as much as if you were using them on your own property.

To Dodging Dicamba,

Melissa Young