Monsanto - Public Enemy Number 1

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Monsanto - Public Enemy Number 1

Monsanto: Public Enemy Number 1

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/23837

"The War of the Empire has many faces. Monsanto is just about the most callous, the most harmful, the most insidious of the whole gang of predators who are out to get on top of the world - and who are ruining it savagely in the process..Monsanto plays the part as the leader of the gang of predators in the destruction of age-old agriculture.."

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Don't kow how I missed this:

 

Monsanto 7-State Probe Threatens Profit From 93% Soybean Share

 

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March 10 (Bloomberg) -- At least seven U.S. state attorneys general are investigating whether Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed producer, has abused its market power to lock out competitors and raise prices.

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

Monsanto's "Superweeds" Gallop Through Midwest

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Back in the mid-'90s, Monsanto rolled out seeds genetically engineered to withstand its Roundup herbicide. To ensure huge growth potential, the company shrewdly chose the most widely planted, highly subsidized US crops to grace with its new "Roundup Ready" technology: corn, soy, and cotton.

The pitch was simple and powerful: No longer would large-scale farmers need to worry about weeds. All they would have to do was douse their fields with Roundup, which would wipe out all plant life except the desired crop. Farmers leapt at the technology. It represented a fantastic labor-saving opportunity, allowing them to manage ever-larger swaths of land without having to pay more workers....

Well, in what is surely the least surprising, most-anticipated major development in the history of US agriculture, farmers are discovering that when you spend years dousing land a single herbicide, ecosystems adapt. Roundup Ready crops, meet Roundup-defying weeds.

 

 

Northern Shoveler Northern Shoveler's picture

If this is anything like antibiotics they will be super weeds. Far more resilient than anything mother nature originally designed.

We have now had a century of chemical companies being allowed to poison our planet.  

Bubbles

In a way it is nice to see that weeds learn to bypass these unsustainable farm practices. Farmers have know for a long time that weeds tend to develope resistance to these chemicals. This probably means that farmers will have to go back to, or develope  more sustainable cultural practices.

They are not realy super weeds, just weeds that have learned to resist Roundup, they can still be controled by the more traditional farm practices.