Some of the problem with so called "super weeds" is the fault of farmers that use the same fields to plant "Roundup Ready' crops on, year after year after year. Weeds soon become resistant if subjected to Roundup repeatedly over a long period of time.US farmers flood fields with dangerous poison to fight Monsanto superweeds
US farmers flood fields with dangerous poison to fight Monsanto superweeds
by Jon Rappoport
February 25, 2013
You’re a farmer. Season after season, you watch your fields being taken over by Monsanto superweeds, which are resistant to the herbicide Roundup.
What are you going to do? You’re locked in. You’re buying your GMO seeds from Monsanto, and the food crops that grow from those seeds are supposed to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup, so that’s what you spray on your crops.
But the weeds aren’t resistant. They spread and they grow taller. They’re taking over.
So you, along with many, many other US farmers, go to a strategy called “burndown,” which is just as bad as it sounds. You use something a lot stronger than Roundup to kill those weeds: Paraquat, for example, which has been banned in 32 countries.
You drench your fields with it in the fall. You kill anything growing. And you drench the fields again in the spring, before you plant. Then, just as you’re going to plant, you hit the fields a third time with the poison.
This is in addition to all the sprayings with Roundup, which is toxic, too.
Then you harvest the crops and you sell them. And consumers eat the food along with all the poison.
Tom Philpot, writing in Mother Jones (Feb.6), reports the alarming stats on the superweed takeover of US farmland. As of 2012, almost 50% of US farms had superweeds. In 2011, it was 34%. In Georgia, it’s now 92%. read more: http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/...
This is the same problem we are having with antibiotic resistance, and again, it is the result of overuse.
These super weeds will now spread to the fields of farmers that have not overused Roundup....so the bad actors made more money and those who used these products prudently....pay the price.
Old fashioned cultivation would go a long way toward limiting the super weed outbreak, but cultivation cuts deeply into the bottom line, so I doubt there will be much of that....instead farmers are probably waiting for the next generation of GM seeds and the next generation of Roundup....a vicious cycle is beginning. One that is sure to make Monsanto richer and the next generation of resistant weeds even tougher to kill.
I am not sure of the safety of the genetically modified seed now being used...and I have even less confidence of the safety of next generation ones, since I suspect they will be rushed to the market to address the super weed outbreak....we may be creating a monster, but one way or the other Monsanto will make money...and in today's America money may not be everything but it is way ahead of whatever is in second place.