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Round-Up Causes Superweeds & Increases Herbicide Use

November 30, 2009
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Monsanto’s spawn, Round-Up, when used on fields in commercial agriculture causes big problems.

“This report confirms what we’ve been saying for years,” said Bill Freese, science policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety. “The most common type of genetically engineered crops promotes increased use of pesticides, an epidemic of resistant weeds, and more chemical residues in our foods. This may be profitable for the biotech/pesticide companies, but it’s bad news for farmers, human health and the environment.”

Corn, soy, and sugar beets are routinely grown with genetically modified seed.  The GMO seed (genetically modified) isn’t modified to increase nutritional values or make it a better food source, the genetic modification is designed to prevent the crop from dying when it’s sprayed with Round-Up, a commercial herbicide produced by Monsanto to kill weeds.  The problem is, the Round-Up product creates “superweeds,”  weeds that are harder to kill and harder for farmers to eradicate from their fields:

The report by the environmental groups states that a key problem resulting from the increase in herbicide use is the emergence of “super weeds,” which are difficult to kill because they have become resistant to the herbicides…

Still, that leaves a net overall increase on U.S. farm fields of 318 million pounds of pesticides, which includes insecticides and herbicides, over the first 13 years of commercial use.

The rise in herbicide use comes as U.S. farmers increasingly adopt corn, soy and cotton that have been engineered with traits that allow them to tolerate dousings of weed killer. The most popular of these are known as “Roundup Ready” for their ability to sustain treatments with Roundup herbicide and are developed and marketed by world seed industry leader Monsanto Co.

Hmm, so there is an increase in the use of pesticides with this crop?

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