Jan. 19, 2019– Mary Greeley News – Another blow to Bayer (formerly Monsanto) and a win for us and the environment: it’s been confirmed that Costco will stop selling RoundUp and glyphosate-based herbicides this Spring! (Hopefully, stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot will be next.)
Costco’s is the largest buyer of organic foods in the country. This move is meant to show (and is doing that) the public that they care about people and the environment. Thank you, Costco for having the integrity to make this move.
To help Lowe’s and Home Depot make the same decision, they may need some help. If you have the time, give them a call and ask them- politely- to stop selling the carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting, and dangerous weedkiller.1 (Keep in mind, once the big box retailers stop, generally, the smaller sellers do as well.) And at the same time, encourage them to offer other weed killing options. (Or maybe even invest in some!)
Home Depot – 1-800-466-3337
Lowe’s – 1-800-445-6937
Reuters: Tennessee restricts use of Monsanto pesticide as problems spread
Posted by Erin Elizabeth | Nov 9, 2018
On Thursday, the state of Tennessee imposed restrictions on the use of dicamba, one of Monsanto’s dangerous weed killers, becoming the fourth state to do so. Farmers have been complaining about dicamba for a while since it drifts “…damaging vulnerable soybeans, cotton and other crops across the southern United States. Farmers have fought with neighbors over lost crops and brought lawsuits against dicamba producers.”1
Last week Arkansas banned its use and Missouri has followed Tennessee, putting tight restrictions on when and in what weather, dicamba can be sprayed. Kansas is investigating complaints about dicamba.
“Monsanto, which said it has spent years working to make dicamba stickier and limit drift when it is sprayed, is campaigning to overturn the bans. It blames early-adoption headaches similar to wind drift and cross-contaminated farm equipment problems the company faced when it launched its popular Roundup Ready glyphosate-resistant crops two decades ago.”2
Instead, Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s chief technology officer, blamed farmers saying many of the issues are caused by farmers who don’t follow application labels, use contaminated equipment, or have purchased older formulations of dicamba that are cheaper but more prone to drift.