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Monsanto’s Roundup Breeds Superweeds

May 4, 2010
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Hi guys,

I know the semester is done with, but if people look back here I wanted to post about this article on NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/04/business/energy-environment/04weed.html?hp

Monsanto, the produce of the pesticide Roundup, is (in)famous for its genetically modified crops that resist Roundup and therefore allow fields to be sprayed indiscriminately with the pesticide. Well, much like how bacteria evolve resistance to our antibiotics, new superweeds are rising up and resisting Roundup. Now they predict that food prices will go up and yields drop.

As one source from the article says, “It is the single largest threat to production agriculture that we have ever seen.”

It’s a shame that we find ourselves here but then again we shouldn’t be too surprised.

Have a great summer

-Eric

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