Monsanto has long held the position that Roundup and companion Roundup Ready genetically-modified seeds would not lead to weed resistance. But, in light of recent research, the company has since modified its position, and is now suggesting that preventing super-weeds might require crop rotation and varying applications of pesticides.
But will it be too little too late?
Since 2007, the number of acres infested with glyphosate-resistant super-weeds is up from 2.4 million to more than 11 million, and Monsanto’s Roundup Ready seeds are teetering on ubiquity, with more than 90 percent of soy and 70 percent of corn and cotton grown in the U.S. this year being genetically modified. Another recent study also linked the drastic decrease in Monarch butterfly populations to Monsanto’s Roundup.
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