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To counter a “super weed” epidemic plaguing farmers, agribusiness giant Monsanto is steadily moving forward on the introduction of its next major wave of genetically engineered crops.
But – citing environmental and sustainability concerns – critics argue that step forward is actually a substantial leap back.
Similar to bacteria that have adapted to frequently used antibiotics over time, super weeds have gained immunity to herbicides. Weed scientists estimate there are more than 400 different herbicide-resistant weeds around the world. Resistant weeds hurt crops by competing for sunlight and nutrients.
St. Louis-based Monsanto’s biotechnology team has been working for nearly a decade on two new soybean and cotton varieties designed to withstand dicamba – an infrequently used herbicide that weeds have not caught up with yet.
originally posted by: Metallicus
I saw a television commercial from Monsanto the other day talking about how good they are for the environment and sustainability. It almost made me lose my lunch. They are the poster child for an evil corporation.