Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Monsanto’s Roundup Spawns Superweeds Consuming Over 120 Million Hectares

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Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

Monsanto’s best-selling herbicide Roundup has created a new category of superweeds that are heavily resistant to the herbicide that Roundup contains known as glyphosate.

These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 hectares in the United States alone, though experts estimate the world-wide land coverage to have reached at least 120 million hectares by 2010.

The onset of superweeds is being increasingly documented in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Europe and South Africa.

Meanwhile, Monsanto pushes its genetically modified crops and biopesticides under the guise of helping the environment and reducing pesticide use.

In reality, the resistant weeds are now so resistant to Roundup that they require significantly more pesticides.

Due to the large-scale use of Roundup, pesticide spraying will have to increase worldwide in order to combat the new superweeds.

Of course the company is refusing to accept responsibility for the escalating cost of combating the weeds, stating that “Roundup agricultural warranties will not cover the failure to control glyphosate resistant weed populations.” 

Superweeds, Mutant Insects, and a Devastated Environment

Roundup is not the only Monsanto invention tearing up the environment and producing super resistant organisms. The usage of genetically modified Bt, a biopesticide manufactured by Monsanto, has created a number of new mutated insect species. Research has confirmed that at least 8 populations of insects have developed resistance, with 2 populations resistant to Bt sprays and 6 species resistant to Bt crops as a whole. As a result, biotech scientists are now further genetically modifying the Bt to kill the mutated insects. This is despite the fact that tests have indicated that the additional modification will provide  ‘little or no advantage’ in fending off the super insects.

All of this is being done instead of simply turning to sustainable and organic farming practices that do not yield super resistant, mutated organisms of any kind. Even the researchers conducting the research on Bt concluded that alternative organic farming methods would provide a more environmentally-friendly alternative in which there would be no dependence on bloated corporations like Monsanto:
Alternative organic, sustainable methods of farming provide a realistic alternative, independent of reliance on agrobiotech corporations.
Explore More:
  1. GMO Crops Require More Pesticides, Create Resistant Insects
  2. Biotech Quick Fix for Superweeds Could Lead to ‘Super Superweeds’
  3. How Biotech Corporations and GMO Crops are Threatening the Environment and Humankind Alike
  4. New Lawsuit Filed Over GMO Alfalfa
  5. USDA: Monsanto’s Roundup Herbicide Damages Soil
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Anonymous said...


Roundup kills weeds, therefore it is an herbicide, not a pesticide. Just wanted to point that out.

Joseph E Fasciani said...

Tony, Tony, Tony! A hectare is 2.5 acres, so that "These resistant weeds currently cover over 4.5 hectares in the United States alone" is only 11.25 acres, not yet Public Enemy #1. Based on the research I've done, I think you meant 4.5 million hectares, or a total of 11,250,000 acres: now we have Public Enemy #1 in our sights!

Anonymous said...

a herbicide is a pesticide,the term pesticides includes, herbicides,rodenticides,insecticides, fungicides plus many more.. just think of a weed as a pest.

Anonymous said...

Tony, pesticide refers to the GM bt corn that produces its own pesticide. Many believe that type corn isnt very good for you, I think thats a reasonable train of logic.

Anonymous said...

You need to proof read your crap.

Anonymous said...

I am certainly no friend of monsatan, but where is the specific research and naming in this article, weeds are plants, all plants have a purpose so it is fairly vital to know what plants have become super weeds, if only to give creditability to your article.

Activist said...

Anonymous @ 8:42, in many of the articles on the subject, farmers are quoted complaining of the typical weeds that choke out their fields which is why they spray chemicals. The main problem is not the type of weed but their resistance. To find out more, the links in and beneath the article might help. Institute of Responsible Technology listed in our blogroll has vast research on the subject.

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