The agvocates of the web have been very vocal in debunking an article that claimed wheat farmers “drench” their crops in herbicides before harvest as an industry standard practice. This, of course, is not a standard practice, and farmers that do spray herbicides before harvest are hardly drenching their fields with chemicals.
Not only have farmers and agricultural organizations disputed this article, The Celiac Disease Foundation has also challenged the report, which claims that glyphosate residues are responsible for the increase in celiac disease.
Herbicides have undergone extensive testing which proves they are safe for the applicator, the environment and the consumer when used according to the directions. Pesticide application is overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has stringent requirements and regulations. Chemicals are also expensive, so in addition to complying with application instructions and federal regulations, farmers also apply the minimum amounts necessary in order to control their costs.
Brett Blankenship, the Vice President of the National Association of Wheat Growers, and a wheat farmer himself, gives a farmer’s perspective of herbicide use in the video below.