A federal appeals court overturned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of the use of dicamba. It is a weed killer used on millions of acres of soybean and cotton crops.
The court said it had to cancel the EPA’s approval of the herbicides because the agency had strayed from its duty to properly assess the dangers presented by the “new use” of dicamba, according to this article in The Guardian.
“We strongly disagree with the ruling and are assessing our options. If the ruling stands, we will work quickly to minimize any impact on our customers this season”, said Bayer(owner of Monsanto) spokesman Christopher Loder as quoted by NBC News.
“Today’s decision is a massive win for farmers and the environment,” said George Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety as quoted by The Guardian.