How Monsanto Created Over 60 Million Acres of Superweeds That Have Wrecked The Environment


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Below is a quick and informative video that documents the rise of superweeds, which have now spread to over 60 million acres of farmland in the United States alone. In the 1990s, Monsanto introduced a new line of seeds called “Roundup Ready,” which were genetically engineered to be immune to glyphosate, which is the active (and highly toxic, for more information on that click HERE) main ingredient in the company’s herbicide, Roundup. As a result of these seeds that were genetically modified to be resistant to herbicide, farmers used mass amounts of it.

Roundup Ready seeds were excepted pretty fast, because weeds were detrimental to farming. Monsanto played the “superhero,” jumping in to save the day. Their Roundup herbicide seemed to be great, until weeds developed genes to resist it, becoming superweeds. The more Monsanto’s Roundup Ready system was used, the stronger the resistance genes became in the weeds, developing into a super weed crisis.

Again, Monsanto stepped in, playing the “super hero again”  to genetically modify seeds to resist these herbicides (as mentioned earlier).  Today, we have multiple countries around the world banning these GM products and the herbicides that go with them. This is due to the fact that there is an enormous about of information that suggests they are not safe to consume. You can find out more about that HERE.

“It sounds like a bad sic-fi movie or something out of The Twilight Zone. But ‘superweeds’ are real and they’re infesting America’s croplands. Overuse of Monsanto’s ‘Roundup Ready’ seeds and herbicides in our industrial farming system is largely to blame. And if we’re not careful the industry proposed ‘solutions’ could make this epidemic much worse. Monsanto and other agribusiness companies are now touting herbicide resistant crops engineered to withstand older, more toxic herbicides as the solution. These new herbicides will certainly exacerbate the problem, but in crewse the companies’ bottom lines. It’s a highly risky move. Increased herbicides use on the new engineered crops will speed up weed resistance, leaving no viable herbicide alternatives. This is a dangerous chemical cocktail, that when combined with the current farming systems, is a recipe for disaster” - Doug Gurian-Sherman, senior scientist with the UCS Food & Environment
 

Sources:

http://www.ucsusa.org/news/press_release/superweeds-overrun-farmlands-0384.html

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  6. Keiron

    Dear Old, grumpy and tired Tom, I understand your anger. It’s a hard frustrating battle managing our measley 1 acre organically alongside our other jobs, but for all your directed anger I still believe we have to keep trying to find a balance in our farming methods to sustain the balance of our planet.

  7. number 16 of 20

    looks like Monsanto is getting their moneys worth out of fleishma-hillard…

  8. Jonathan

    60 million acres sounds like a lot. If it is true, just to put into perspective there are roughly 2.3 billion acres farmed in the US. These weeds would account for 2.5% of all farmland. This would mean that Roundup Ready would provide 97.5% weed free crop, which is a very positive ratio. These weeds are resistant to the Round Up Ready mixture. They are not resistant to other glyphosate herbicides mixtures or tilling.

    I am not one buying into the GM crops are harmful to human consumption. If they truly were, there would be definitive evidence by now. All farms that produce GMO on a national level use glyphosate products. They do not use GM seeds and do not apply glyphosate to the crop after it has begun to grow. They spray the crop land before tilling and planting to kill weeds.

    Roundup and other herbicides for crop use, that contain glyphosate, do not transfer into the soil or the food. The GM seeds have been engineered to have a waxier leaf that repels the chemical so it is not absorbed into the plant. Roundup, and similar products Ranger Pro, Buccaneer, etc., used for weed control in non-GMO crops are applied before the seeds are even put in the soil. They are not applied to the crop, this would kill the crop. After 7 days these products have broken down into nitrogen. If glyphosate stayed in the soil, the seed would never grow along with other vegetation.

    The only negative side effects of glyphosate that have been proven when the person or culture has come into direct contact (product straight from the container.) This will not happen to you from produce at the store, this product breaks down after 7 days and is no longer present.

    Other countries have talked about banning these products, but none have actually done it. I would bet the house that they will absolutely not do this.

    • Jonathan

      I meant GMO free farms on a national level

    • Anon

      Did you know that GMO are banned in 99% of EU and Russia?
      I recommend you to educate yourself and srsly start investigate more into this matter. There are many great Studies on the Subject.

      • tom

        Anon: Did you know that you are seriously wrong? I recommend you learn to google and consider better sources.

        GMOs are regulated in the EU, just like in the USA. EU and Russian politicians make noise that they will ban them, but never do. There are 18 members in the EU. Six Member States currently apply safeguard clauses on GMO events: Austria, France, Greece, Hungary, Germany and Luxembourg. http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/biotechnology/gmo_ban_cultivation_en.htm

        Check your math.

        Russians talk, but do nothing.

        A number of Member States have invoked a so-called ‘safeguard clause’ (Art. 23 Dir. 2001/18/EC). According to this clause, Member States may provisionally restrict or prohibit the use and/or sale of the GM product on its territory. However, the Member State must have justifiable reasons to consider that the GMO in question poses a risk to human health or the environment.

        To say ‘GMOs are banned’ is also vague: Which ones? There are GMO cattle feeds like corn, molasses, beets, beans & alfalfa; Human food, processed & raw like rice, tofu and sugar. Medicine like insulin is made from GMO bacteria. Non-food items like ethanol, oil, paints, solvents etc are GE sourced.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_of_genetically_modified_organisms_in_the_European_Union

      • Jonathan

        Russia doesn’t use Monsanto seeds, yet. They planned on starting to use them this June, but announced on April 23 that they are going to wait another 3 years before they do. Russia and EU are 99% GMO free of US products. However they have developed and use their own GMOs. It is the same product, different pile. Granted, Russia claims the GMO products are mostly used for livestock feed.

        I appreciate your reply. But you might also want to investigate further in to this, you would be surprised what you find. Google “GMO used in Russia” you’ll even find a russian company that sells online bulk GMO seed for use in Russia. Slovenia, Bulgaria also have the same results if you Google them. I didn’t bother to search for other EU countries but I assume the same. Russia and EU being 99% GMO free is very far fetched, but radical environmentalists in the US always try to make them sound much better than we are. They’ll throw in a few sources that agree with them and then try to tell the US audience that it is fact.

        It is simply not true, Joe Blow in Russia can buy GMO seeds from a Russian company, plant them, harvest them and sell them as food.

  9. tom

    I don’t believe the headline about 60M acs of superweeds or the farmers who rotate crops would be going nuts. They aren’t. Only the uninformed and anti GE believe it true.

    Claiming it has ‘wrecked’ the environment is pure hysterics. Even volcanos, tsunamis, thermonuclear weapons, mud slides, flood and meteor strikes don’t ‘wreck’ the environment. It just changes.

    Even if true, the old way of killing weeds is to till the soil. It still works on superweeds 100% of the time. For the farmers who have used chem-till for two decades and sold their harrows, plows and disks, there are many herbicides that kill so-called superweeds.

    Why do farmers like RR seed? For you climate change believers it’s saving the earth: It requires 1/4 the fuel to harvest the same crop using chem-till practices that leave the soil undisturbed.

    Chem till is done in two passes:

    One in the fall to ‘burn down’ all surviving crop and weeds. The soil remains undisturbed, retaining moisture and nutrients.

    A second in the spring: Plant and fertilize and put down another Roundup treatment all in one pass using drills for minimum soil disturbance.

    Third: harvest.

    That’s three passes burning diesel. Only one disturbs the soil, and it’s minimal.

    Compare that to pre-GE seed that Required up to six passes burning diesel: Tilling to control weeds while losing soil and nutrient to sun and wind, plus more passes to re-fertilize. Tilling takes energy, so it adds up to a 4x increase in fuel burn over chem-till. It also requires herbicides to kill noxious weeds, and more fertilizer, because tilling releases nitrogen to the atmosphere.

    Chem-till saves millions of gallons of diesel every year, not to mention water, fertilizer, pesticides, time and equipment.

    There are no GE wheat strains permitted in the USA. A bit of history: In the 1980s the USDA paid farmers to till every inch of land. Planting was optional. Dryland wheat farmers in MT, ND, CO etc watched their soil blow away: It was identical to the dust bowl, and a disaster. There had to be a better way.

    Wheat is a grass and it’s genetics are more complex than corn, beans, beets and cotton. GE wheat is hard to develop.

    BASF developed the ‘Clearfield’ strain of wheat using the old Gregor Mendel method of natural selection that is resistant to the herbicide ‘Beyond,’ which is similar to Roundup. The result is exactly like GE roundup ready crops and almost identical chem-till process as Roundup ready seed, but nobody notices except farmers because Clearfield seed is 5x more expensive than standard strains, so wheat farmers plant it for about 5 seasons until all weeds are gone, switch to cheaper strains until weeds come back. Repeat.

    I pointed that out because GEs, especially from Monsanto – get all the heat, yet another seed/chem combo with identical traits developed the old way gets a pass.

    Why is that?

    • Jonathan

      Finally, somebody that knows what they are talking about.

  10. Why have we done all this to are paridise ????

    • tom

      I assume you mean ‘our paradise?’ And by ‘our’ I assume you mean land that belongs to farmers, land they, not you, pay taxes on. Why do you consider it yours?

      • The world belongs to each and every one of us. And as the “most intelligent beings here”, it is our responsibility to ensure that the planet survives for the generations after us.

        Genetically engineered food and conventional foods are only funding the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry by causing us illnesses and keeping us sick.

        People asking for proof of this – just go have a look at figures detailing the rise of dangerous diseases and compare it to the increase in the use of Monsanto and other agribusiness products. I am positive that you will find a very high positive correlation.

        • tom

          Correlation is not causation.

        • tom

          psyko: claiming the world belongs to anyone is inane! We defend whats rightfully ours, don’t mess with that which is not and should leave others alone. Thinking you have a right to tell farmers how to manage land they own and pay taxes on is like me telling you how often to was your car or clean house. Childish, and really oversteps civic bounds.

          Foods don’t fund drugcos, the patient does. Nobdy forces a peson to take any medicine. Claiming otherwise is to think like sheep.

          Show us figures detailing the rise of dangerous diseases. Show us how the use of ag products causes them. I’m positive you’ll find nothing in science that supports the claim: Only innuendo. Correlation isn’t causation.

          • Keiron

            I’m confused by all of the comments above. Didn’t Russia just make a complete ban on GMO’s? Isn’t spraying any herbicide messing with the critical balance of soil health that is imperative to the future of our farmed lands? Isn’t monoculture destructive to the vital balance of natural pest control and cross pollination that is vital to our crops? Isn’t it fair to consider farmed lands to be all of ours as this is the food that feeds us all, and provides for the future health of our children and all future generations? There are so many complex arguments involved in the world of GMO’s, not least the massive financial weight that these companies hold over your, and potentially our government. Can we really predict what is going to happen to public health from consuming foods that have been manipulated by the heavy hand of humans presumption of knowledge. Our planet is suffering badly because of us. Bio diversity, clean energy, re-generation of depleted soils, farming systems and forests, and a massive reduction in the consumption of meat can be the only way forward when you look at the bigger picture. – And there are many good scientists and farmers out there who are working towards these things. – Try googling Organic, forest farming, poly culture, effects of neonicitinoids etc. The list goes on.

          • tom

            Dear Comrade Keiron: If you think you own my farmland, and think monocultures and pesticides are bad, get your collectivist butt out there and start hoeing weeds, picking off larvae, slinging manure and mashing beetles.

            I mis-spent my youth operating a hoe before chem-till came available. I will not go back. I’m old, grumpy and tired of theorists telling me how to run the place without lifting a finger to do real work. Go work a commune and see what it takes to grow enough buggy food just for yourself, let alone others. Or buy a farm and try to make a go of it organically. Report back what you learn.

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