Pesticide Drift

As more herbicide-resistant GMO crops cover the landscape, we can expect more incidents of pesticide drift onto organically managed fields. This drift does more than just hurt the bottom line of the organic farmer. It damages the healthy ecosystem and the rich soil life the farmer has been nurturing to grow abundant and healthy crops and raise robust livestock. The National Pesticide Information Center states that often it is illegal to apply pesticides in a manner that allows them to move off-site.

Dicamba drift has become a major problem in the U.S., particularly in southern states. Pesticide Action Network of North America has a new free publication on responding to pesticide drift:

In Case of Drift: A Toolkit for Responding to Pesticide Drift

Protecting Your Organic Land from Unwanted Chemical Spray
MOSES Fact Sheet

All Fact Sheets

 

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Steps to Take if Drift Occurs

 

  1. If you are not feeling well, immediately see your family doctor or go to the emergency room. Pesticide exposure should not be taken lightly.
  2. Write down the date, time, and location of incident. Include details such as wind direction, consequences from the spray drift, and owner of land intentionally sprayed.
  3. Contact your state’s pesticide enforcement agency. Call the agency as soon as possible, ideally within 48 hours of the incident.

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Resources

Pesticide Action Network of North America

National Pesticide Information Center

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund

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