Very interesting article discussing the mess that some types of genetically modified crops have caused. Back in the '90's, Monsanto, maker of the glyphosate-based herbicide, Round-Up, created GM versions of crops that were glyphosate-resistant. Round-Up Ready™ corn and soybeans were a boon to farmers, but the over-use of glyphosate also spawned several naturally-mutated Round-Up Ready™ weed species.
Now Dow Chemical is preparing for round #2 of this battle, but am I the only one who sees parallels between this and Whack-A-Mole?
Perhaps the answer here is to step back from our human need to *fully win* every battle. Dynamic systems abhor being held at an extreme and forcing
them into that position requires constant upkeep -- miss a beat, and it suddenly and the pendulum swings forcefully back. Over time, the swings
between extremes become increasingly violent. Maybe "controlling" weeds is better than "eradicating" them. Maybe we need to learn that a 100% win is,
in fact, setting ourselves up with some extremely bad karma.
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