Genetically Engineered Food Crops Require More Herbicide

Tabitha Alterman
December/January 2005
Add to My MSN

COURTESY NRCS


Content Tools

Related Content

Republication of Seralini Study Exposes Roundup

A study links Roundup herbicide and genetically modified maize to a wide range of health maladies, i...

Plan Next Year's Garden Now

Plan fall cover crops to feed back the soil and leave the bed ready for when you need to plant the m...

Top 5 Things to Consider Before Moving to the Country

Unprepared for their first foray into country living, Kristy Athens takes what she learned and focus...

Genetically engineered (GE) foods have been touted as the answer to the age-old competition of crops versus weeds. Genetic engineering advocates claimed that if plants are engineered to be resistant to applications of Roundup (a glyphosate herbicide manufactured by the GE-promoting firm Monsanto) then they would require fewer toxic herbicides to help them grow. But now, data from the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service shows that these genetically modified food crops actually are requiring more and more help from other herbicides during the growth cycle ? not less.

The number of weeds that are resistant to glyphosate is increasing, because their genes can travel quickly when their pollen spreads. According to agriculture policy expert, Dr. Charles M. Benbrook, the beginnings of this environmental and economic problem can be seen in a weed called 'marestail.' Dr. Benbrook says that as a result of heavy reliance on Monsanto's Roundup, 'marestail will almost certainly be the first of several glyphosate-resistant weeds that emerge and spread,' triggering the need for the creation of a new toxic herbicide.

Some farmers are apparently willing to ignore the degradation caused by releasing so many toxic chemicals into our environment, because they need to find ways to decrease their costs. But opponents of genetic engineering argue that the only ones who benefit from genetically modified crops are the companies that sell them.

For more information on genetically engineered foods, visit:










Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.