How Monsanto’s ‘big bet’ on dicamba tolerant GMOs may have backfired

| | August 23, 2016

. . . . Back in April, [Monsanto] bet big on dicamba, announcing a $975 million expansion of its production facility. . . The chemical is the reason the company launched its new . . . Xtend soybean and cotton seeds, genetically engineered to withstand both dicamba and . . . glyphosate. . . .

. . . . The company elected to release . . . Xtend soybean and cotton seeds this spring, even though the EPA has not yet signed off on . . . a new dicamba formulation. That was a momentous decision, because the dicamba products currently on the market . . . have a well-documented tendency to vaporize. . . and drift . . . killing other crops. Monsanto’s new dicamba, tweaked with what the company calls “VaporGrip” technology, is supposedly much less volatile.

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The trouble is that farmers. . . jumped at the new seeds, and evidently began dousing crops with old dicamba formulations as a way to knock out those glyphosate-tolerant weeds. Oops.

For its part, Monsanto says it expects the EPA to approve the new. . . dicamba formulation in. . . 2017. . . . If the VaporGrip formulation does indeed control volatization. . . the drift incidents . . .will soon just be a painful memory. . . If not, they portend yet more trouble ahead for the PR-challenged ag giant.

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3 thoughts on “How Monsanto’s ‘big bet’ on dicamba tolerant GMOs may have backfired”

  1. How TF, did Genetic literacy project lose their compass and end up in Wootopia?
    This is the 3rd time I have seen this heavily spun article posted to Face Book and it still makes no sense.

    Monsanto
    does not produce or sell dicamba. If you read the article you will see that they are working on a better
    formulation that will hopefully be approved and will help the weed
    situation.
    It takes years and million$ to develop, test and get
    approval for a GMO, so Monsanto did the logical thing and prepared for the near future with a solution. You make it sound like they were creating a problem.
    Some people are selling and using an illegal chemical, they should be sued and prosecuted.
    How the heck is Monsanto to blame?
    Any of the big AG firms could have created that same GMO.
    Why does everyone hate Monsanto?

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