Lawsuit Challenging Monsantos Toxic Pesticides Filed In US
WASHINGTONFarmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agencys approval of Monsantos new XtendiMax pesticide. The approval of the pesticide companys latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba permits it to be sprayed directly on Monsantos genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton. The decision green lights a more than 10-fold increase in use of the toxic pesticide, increasing risks to farmers, community health, and the environment. Because these same crops are also engineered to withstand applications of Monsantos Roundup, the overuse of that pesticide (containing the active ingredient glyphosate) will continue at current high levels.
Federal regulators have abandoned the interests of farmers, the environment, and public health, said George Kimbrell, of the Center for Food Safety and counsel in the case. We wont allow our food to be dragged backward into a pesticide-soaked nightmare not without a hell of a fight.