PODCAST: Finger Pointing on the Farm Amid Weed Killer Calamity


Farmers are always looking for new ways to kill weeds. But the newest tool in their arsenal, a pesticide from Monsanto and BASF called dicamba, may work a little too well.

It's good at killing weeds within farmers' fields. But it's also prone to drifting off of those fields and, as a result, can kill crops and other wild flora in neighboring fields. This has triggered intense neighbor-vs-neighbor conflicts in areas where dicamba is most heavily used.


For the latest episode of our environmental policy podcast, Parts Per Billion, we speak with Bloomberg BNA agriculture reporter Tiffany Stecker about who is to blame for these conflicts and what type of damage dicamba causes on farms.

 

 

For more of our reporting on the environmental effects of agriculture, read our blog as well as our website, BNA.com. And to read more about dicamba specifically, check out Tiffany’s recent story on her trip to eastern Arkansas, the area most affected by the chemical.

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