Roundup ready weeds evolve to bite us…. Thanks, Monsanto!

According to an article in today’s New York Times, persistent use of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide is leading to the rapid evolution of Roundup resistant superweeds in some parts of the country.  The resistant weeds are requiring farmers to abandon no- or low-till practices and use additional herbicides to contend with the resistant weeds.

The resistant weeds were first noticed in 2000, and are now found in 22 states and include among others, pigweed, a weed in the amaranth family which very successfully produces thousands of seeds per plant that are viable for many, many years.  Super!

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3 Responses to “Roundup ready weeds evolve to bite us…. Thanks, Monsanto!”

  1. Robin Says:

    Well isn’t that super fantastic. Not! It was to be expected unfortunately. I suppose they will be at work developing the next amazing poison to use to combat these super weeds. :(

  2. Jean Says:

    This isn’t really a surprise to those who understand the process of evolution. Roundup is never 100% successful in eliminating weeds and the ones that are left are the ones that are roundup resistant. So, the use of roundup ready GMO seeds leads to the more rapid development of superweeds. Oops; Monsanto neglected to mention that, didn’t they? I’m sure they are at work on the next product they will market to suppress the roundup resistant weeds.

  3. David Says:

    This is only a problem for farmers that use Roundup, and all the more reason not to. Seems like a win to me

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