In new documents from Monsanto released in a court trial in Cape Girardeau, MO, the agricultural giant Monsanto did not fully test their pesticide dicamba before being approved the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Back in 2015, the University of Arkansas requested to have tests done on dicamba to see if the pesticide would drift to other fields. However, Monsanto claimed that they did not have enough of the chemical to give to the university. Plus, Monsanto only tested the pesticide on one of their cotton fields and on another empty field on their own property. Along with not testing fast and furiously for the dicamba drift, Monsanto scientists did not test the pesticide on a plot which was growing soybeans.
After the EPA approved dicamba, the pesticide has destroyed over 3.6 million acres of soybeans across the USA. In this particular court case, the dicamba drift destroyed around 10,000 peach trees at Bader Farms, the plaintiff in this current litigation.
Due to the request from the University of Arkansas being denied, dicamba is now banned in the state of Arkansas. Dicamba also causes nerve damage and also turns a person’s lips blue upon contact.