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New Study Confirms GMO Crops Causing More Pesticide Use, Superweeds

Lisa Garber
Natural Society / News Report
Published: Saturday 6 October 2012
“Although farmers did reduce Roundup Ready use by 2 percent between 1996 and 1999, herbicide use resurged with a vengeance thereafter.”
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Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) require more pesticide use on crops, say the authors of a 16-year study published in Environmental Sciences Europe. According to the researchers, 527 million pounds of a toxic herbicide have inundated farmlands since 1996. What’s more, this abhorrent amount is much greater than that promised by Monsanto, which claims that GM crops require smaller doses of herbicides like the company’s best-selling Roundup Ready.

This study found, however, that although farmers did reduce Roundup Ready use by 2 percent between 1996 and 1999, herbicide use resurged with a vengeance thereafter. This was a result of the emergence of “superweeds” that resist herbicides, requiring farmers to use more of it with each application.

Herbicide and Pesticide Use Damage Humans, Environment

These “superweeds” have become resistant to glyphosate, a chemical found in Roundup Ready. Rootworms, too, may be becoming resistant according to ongoing research by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Additionally, a recent French study by the University of Caen found glyphosate and herbicides like Roundup to be actively toxic to human cells—findings which led to Russia’s suspension of Monsanto crop imports. Earth Open Source, a nonprofit organization with volunteers as well as several international scientists and researchers, has linked glyphosate with birth defects. Worse (but predictable) is that in 1993 Monsanto knew “visceral anomalies such as dilation of the heart could occur in rabbits at low and medium-sized doses,” but did nothing to curb the chemical’s or Roundup’s use in agriculture.

Glyphosate also causes moderate to severe liver damage in fish and aquatic life, since herbicide runoff can reach both groundwater and seawater. This water pollution has been found to affect even city dwellers, in whose urine researchers have found glyphosate.

Farm Bill to Deregulate GMOs

Meanwhile, there is a provision lurking in the new Farm Bill which would further deregulate genetically modified (GM) foods in America. Monsanto has spent millions (over six, in fact) of dollars winning friends in Washington, DC. With the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) already deep in Monsanto’s pockets, we can only hope members of Congress take note of these studies and of recent anti-GMO activity in Europe and Russia.

They may be unethical and

They may be unethical and even sociopathic, but I do have to give them this: They're great business people. Create a product that promises to save farmers millions, but actually causes them to buy more of the same product from you to offset the product they first bought. And the new GMO crops only saved 2% on Roundup usage----LMAO.

Unethical? Obvious to their own scientists, this was going to happen. It's been happening since life was born on earth.

Socipathic? Knowing you are harming people for profit? Yeah. I'd call that a sociopath.

Does anyone else recall a

Does anyone else recall a commercial which featured the line: "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature!" followed by a lightning bolt? It's quite true. Nature adapts to challenges. GMO (and for that matter, most hybrid) crops have one adaptation built into them and no way of progressing.

Remember: the basic force in nature is a drive toward survival. GMO crops have had this drive hobbled. Meanwhile, the birds and the bees and the weeds are going strong.

Not quite the bees.

Not quite the bees.

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