25 Aug '11, 2pm

Last Roundup: Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Seeds Are No Miracle

Last Roundup: Monsanto’s Genetically Modified Seeds Are No Miracle

Big commodity farmers love Monsanto Company’s so-called “Roundup Ready” crops, which now account for 70 percent of the corn and 90 percent of the soybeans grown in the United States. Little wonder. Monsanto’s seeds are genetically modified to survive applications of the company’s weed killer, Roundup. This enables farmers to simply spray the popular herbicide directly on their fields throughout the season. Weeds obligingly shrivel and die, but the crops keep growing. Putting aside environmental concerns, using Roundup Ready seeds sounds like a no-brainer, and for several years after Monsanto introduced genetically modified crops in the late 1990s, farmers were convinced it was, making Roundup the world’s biggest-selling herbicide. Now, there is mounting evidence that the Roundup Ready miracle was always too good to be true. Earlier this month, a U.S. Department of Agricult...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/blog/last-roundup-monsanto-genetic...

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