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About 3 million acres of farmland destroyed by ‘dicamba drift’

• Oct 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM

Weitz & Luxenberg has announced an investigation into complaints from farmers who say that their crops have been harmed by the weed killer dicamba, which is sold by Monsanto, BASF and DuPont. The pesticide is designed to work with Monsanto’s genetically modified seeds that are resistant to the weed killer. Despite claims that newer versions of the dicamba have “low volatility” and are less prone to becoming airborne, it is estimated that 3.1 million acres of farmland have been damaged by the pesticide this year.

“Thousands of farmers have seen their crops destroyed because of dicamba through no fault of their own,” said Robin Greenwald, Chair of Weitz & Luxenberg’s Environmental and Consumer Protection Unit. “Manufacturers claim to have addressed the problem of drift with new formulas designed to grip crops better, but that is clearly not the case. A closer look at the chemical is warranted — to protect our food, our farms and our families.”

The smallest amount of dicamba can be deadly to crops that are not genetically modified. In July 2017, Missouri and Arkansas introduced short-term bans on the pesticide and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering a partial ban on dicamba sprayings next year.

“We encourage anyone whose crops have been harmed by dicamba to contact the firm,” Greenwald said.

Weitz & Luxenberg has investigated other herbicides, including Monsanto’s Roundup product which contains a chemical that is a known carcinogen. The firm is currently involved in the multi-district litigation in Northern California and in state actions in Missouri and Delaware, representing hundreds of consumers who developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Weitz & Luxenberg P.C. is among the nation's leading and most readily recognized personal injury and consumer protection law firms. Weitz & Luxenberg's numerous litigation areas include: mesothelioma, defective medicine and devices, environmental pollutants, products liability, consumer protection, accidents, personal injury, and medical malpractice. More information, visit www.weitzlux.com.

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