Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Well it happened again. Monsanto the company that gave us Terminator seeds, those that are designed to become infertile so that farmers will have to buy seeds every year has managed to let lose in the US agricultural fields another genetically designed disaster.
This time around it is not “Gene Use Restriction Technology”, GURT, that is the issue but it is Roundup the weed killer and the Roundup ready seeds. Roundup is a bestselling weed killer that is also engineered into the seeds of corn or soybean in order to keep weeds under control, increase crop yields and generate more profits for Monsanto. Unfortunately, and dare I say as expected, the use of Roundup has resulted in the creation of Super Weeds that have already spread to 11 million acres of fertile farmland in the US and threatens to spread into much larger areas. Simply stated the weeds have developed immunity to Roundup that was designed to kill them.
The new Super Weeds are called “waterhemp” and grow four feet tall. These Super Weeds are super because they can grow two inches a day and can withstand multiple applications of the herbicide Roundup. These weeds do their damage by sucking up the moisture and the nutrients out of the soil which increases the cost of farming and decreases the productivity of the farmer not to mention its environmental damage which could be permanent.
Is the Tomato that ate Manhattan far behind Will we ever learn not to mess around with Mother Nature?