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Old 03-02-2011, 08:16 PM   #30
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Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous use of the weedkiller Roundup has led to the rapid growth of tenacious new superweeds
To fight them, Mr. Anderson and farmers throughout the East, Midwest and South are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like regular plowing
The superweeds could temper American agriculture’s enthusiasm for some genetically modified crops. Soybeans, corn and cotton that are engineered to survive spraying with Roundup have become standard in American fields. However, if Roundup doesn’t kill the weeds, farmers have little incentive to spend the extra money for the special seeds.
This is a good thread Calliandra. Philip's help in understanding is very welcome.
I have nothing against science or all large corporations (Haliburton and Monsanto excepted). I just think everyone should try to understand enough about what is being done to be able to make some evaluation of risk versus benefit; to keep the decisions from being made completely by those whose perspective may not include our own concerns.
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