In summer 2020, a federal court ruled the EPA showed too much deference to Bayer when it approved the company’s dicamba herbicide. This invalidated the approval. But, weeks later, Bayer began working the EPA again, according to newly obtained emails.
Herbicides are losing the war — and agriculture might never be the same again. If there's a plant perfectly suited to outcompete the farmers, researchers and chemical companies that collectively define industrial American agriculture, it's Palmer amaranth.
During its continued investigation into the fish killed in Chartiers Creek, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has expanded the affected area and is estimating "thousands of fish" were killed.
Just as hearings in the New Brunswick Legislature into the use of herbicides and pesticides wrapped up, Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a bill that passed the state's legislature and would have banned the aerial spraying of glyphosate in the state.
In timber management, herbicides are used to control vegetation that may compete with more valuable species like spruce and fir. Foresters say aerial application is the most efficient way to do the job and that the practice is used sparingly in Maine, on less than 4% of harvested acres each year.