17 May 2010

Monsanto

It seems like every few years some people from the media hear about Monsanto and say, "Wow, really? That's allowed?"

Like today, for example, the NYT ran a brief editorial about their seeds and their pesticide, Roundup:
There were no glyphosate-resistant weeds when genetically engineered crops were introduced. A farmer could plant Monsanto’s seeds, spray with Roundup, kill the weeds and enjoy the harvest. Now there are many such weeds, and they are tenacious. Some farmers using genetically engineered cotton are facing the prospect of more frequent plowing and the use of other herbicides.
This is just the tip of the evil iceberg, of course. Check out their Wikipedia page and be staggered.

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