West Texas Vineyards Blasted By Herbicide Drift from Nearby Cotton Fields
The vines at Pheasant Ridge Winery near Lubbock, Texas, were devastated by drift from the herbicide 2,4-D in 2016.
On the High Plains in West Texas, hot winds blast through cotton fields as far as the eye can see.
In the middle of it all is a tiny vineyard.
Andis Applewhite is the owner. She's an artist whose family has worked this land for a century. They once planted crops more typical of the neighborhood, like cotton and wheat. Applewhite decided to try something different: She put in a couple of acres of cabernet franc grapes.
Dicamba and 2,4-D have different physical effects on grape leaves. Leaves damaged by dicamba (left) are known to cup, while leaves damaged by 2,4-D tend to fan out at a wider angle from the stem.
Jury Awards $289 Million In California Roundup Trial Against Monsanto
Friday a California jury found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by Dewayne Johnson alleging Roundup caused him cancer. The jury ordered Monsanto to pay $289 million.
The verdict came from San Francisco's Superior Court of California where a jury deliberated for three days. Jury members found Monsanto failed to warn Johnson and other consumers of cancer risks posed by Roundup. It awarded $39 million in compensatory and $250 million in punitive damages, Reuters reports.