Superweeds pose GM-resistant challenge for farmers
18 September 2012
From the BBC
See Dr. Pinna’s comments below…
US farmers are facing a growing challenge from weeds resistant to chemical sprays, and enduring millions of dollars in losses as a result.
The so-called “superweeds” have arisen because of the success of genetically modified crops, which now account for the vast majority of US corn, soya and cotton.
GM essentially means that crops are protected from one type of chemical weedkiller. But because farmers have become over-reliant on this one product, weeds with natural resistance have spread rapidly and have strangled production on millions of acres.
Scientists say the solution to the widespread resistance problem is a new type of GM that uses a powerful weedkiller that was once part of Agent Orange, the defoliant widely used during the Vietnam war.
Dr. Pinna says…
More evidence of science going “Whacko” in the hands of Big Business.
Every first year medical student in the world knows that you cannot outwit Nature.
Use too many antibiotics and you have resistant germs. Use too many addictive drugs
and you have resistant neurons.
Nature simply tries new genes until it succeeds in winning.
However, the “geniuses” in the big rich companies always think they can
be more clever than Mother Nature.
Who do they hurt?
Anyone who believes them and uses their products.
The farmers who used Genetically Modified crops are paying the price.
And, of course, we will ultimately pay the bill when the price of food
jumps out of sight.
I’m moving to Australia where GM foods are outlawed.