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Monsanto responds to Washington Post’s dicamba article

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The Washington Post isn’t usually the worst offender when it comes to the mainstream media trying to cover agricultural issues, but the outlet’s dicamba story, which was published online on Tuesday, has raised questions about why such one-sided reporting was employed.

It’s no secret that dicamba drift has been one of the most talked-about topics of the 2017 growing season, with hundreds of complaints filed around the nation claiming damage to thousands of acres of crops. The herbicide works on soybeans that are part of the Roundup Ready Xtend Crop System, which includes resistance to the effects of dicamba. Where The Washington Post stumbled was with the focus on the negative effects without any effort to let the many positives into the discussion. We understand that things haven’t been all sunshine and lollipops for every farmer or neighbor where dicamba is used, but there are many different perspectives to this issue, and basic standards for companies such as The Washington Post are to let every side of the story be told.

Monsanto, in a series of tweets released on Wednesday, made sure that it’s side of the story was made public, even if the media didn’t want to include it. Here’s what the company said:

 

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