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DuPont's Herbicide Goes Rogue



September 17, 2011 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: DD

By Jim Hightower

In the corporate world's tortured language, workers are no longer fired. They just experience an "employment adjustment." But the most twisted euphemism I've heard in a long time comes from DuPont: "We are investigating the reports of these unfavorable tree symptoms," the pesticide maker recently stated.

How unfavorable? Finito, flat-lined, the tree is dead. Not just one tree, but hundreds of thousands all across the country are suffering the final "symptom." 

At first, DuPont tried to dodge responsibility, claiming that landscape workers might be applying the herbicide improperly. The corporation even urged customers to "be patient and leave the tree corpses on their lawns to see if they'd come back to life in a few years". - Said Dupont spokesman Monty Python pictured in this instructional video.


DuPont has its work cut out for it if it is going to get control of this situation before these trees are cut down, shredded and moved to municipal compost piles to be applied to your vegetable garden.

So do State and Federal governments.

Unfortunately it aint going to happen folks.

Best wishes,


4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 17, 2011 at 9:30 PM, zymok (23.62) wrote:

"be patient and leave the tree corpses on their lawns to see if they'd come back to life in a few years"

Tree zombies? Sounds like the makings of a movie. Night of the Living Dead Trees, maybe World War Tree.


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#2) On September 18, 2011 at 9:23 AM, devoish (80.78) wrote:

Actually, leaving the trees where they stand might be a good idea. Similar products in the UK have been found to persist through composting and killed peoples vegetable gardens.

What is really astonishing is that DuPont can test this product and have it not survive in the real world for even one year without causing unintended environmental damage. Any rational person would have to question the quality control processes of everything DuPont is producing and by extension the potential for its quality control processes to miss toxic effects on humans.

Best wishes,


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#3) On September 19, 2011 at 1:09 PM, ChrisGraley (28.59) wrote:

Too bad we don't enforce property rights in this country. Dupont would have been held accountable.

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#4) On September 19, 2011 at 8:39 PM, devoish (80.78) wrote:


Thank you for your reply,


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