Published On: Tue, May 4th, 2010



Failure of Roundup

Similar to how the overuse of antibiotics led to ever more drug-resistant supergerms, now the widespread use of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is leading up to a similar resistance in agriculture. The NY Times reports that this could lead to higher food prices, lower crop yields and rising farms costs – plus more pollution. Farmers are being forced to spray more toxic chemicals to deal with the crisis that is affecting nearly 10% of the 170 million acres that are planted with genetically modified staples such as cotton, corn and soy. “What we’re talking about here is Darwinian evolution in fast-forward,”  says Mike Ownes a weed scientist at Iowa State University. Among the superweeds are giant ragweed and Palmer amaranth or pigweed.

They are forcing farmers to plow fields more often. Originally Roundup use promised farmers that there would be less erosion, pless resence of chemicals in waterways and also less use of gasoline for tractors. In the end, all of this can be reversed. We seem led to a new stage of yet more toxic-chemical-dependent agriculture that inevitably undermines our health as well.  These trends can be seen in the US, Australia, China, and Brazil where genetically modified foods are commonly found.

The emerging failure of genetically modified crops is a by-product of the underlying failure of a mechanical vision of nature. Life and consciousness are deeper forces in nature.

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