Demon Weeds And Your Right To Know

One of the unintended consequences of genetically modified seed use is the astronomical increase in pesticide use – one of the very things GMO’s  were supposed to require less of.  (Well maybe they meant less of any pesticide brand not owned by the GMO seed company, but that’s another story.)

This video is worth a look and a share. The more who know, the more who can stop these side effects. Check out the farm facts below. Agricultural lands appear to be the next financial bubble.

 

Corn Belt and high plains. Iowa land selling for $2,275 per
acre a decade ago is now at $8,700 per acre.

When we look we can see that the next financial bubble that is forming is farm land.  It will pop in many places in
the United States (although agricultural land in other countries can be found at compelling
values).
Land prices in the heart of the Corn Belt have increased at a double-digit rate in
six of the past seven years.

According to Federal Reserve studies, farmland prices
were up 15 percent last year in the most productive part of the Corn Belt, and 26
percent in the western Corn Belt and high plains. Iowa land selling for $2,275 per
acre a decade ago is now at $8,700 per acre.

 

GeneticallyEngineered Crops Cause Jump In Pesticides

BOULDER, CO (January 18, 2010) – A new study entitled “Gene amplification confers glyphosate resistance in Amaranthus palmeri” from a research team including Monsanto scientists Dafu Wang and Douglas Sammons echoes conclusions from The Organic Center (TOC) report “Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years”. Published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in December 2009, the Monsanto-funded research states that “evolution of resistance to the widely used, nonselective herbicide glyphosate in weedy species endangers the continued success of transgenic glyphosate-resistant crops and the sustainability of glyphosate as the world’s most important herbicide.”

In other words, the plants are learning to resist.

Similarly, TOC’s report demonstrates compelling evidence linking the increase in herbicide use on GE, herbicide-tolerant (HT) crops to the emergence and spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds including Amaranthus palmeri. Based upon data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), report author Dr. Charles Benbrook shows that glyphosate-based, HT corn, soybeans and cotton have increased herbicide use by 383 million pounds in the U.S. from 1996 to 2008 with 46 percent of the total increase occurring in 2007 and 2008.

“This unequivocal admission of serious problems with glyphosate-based HT cropping systems will hopefully accelerate major changes in where and how HT technology is deployed,” said Dr. Charles Benbrook, chief scientist of The Organic Center. “Such changes are needed to slow the increase in cash expenditures by farmers on herbicides and public health and environmental problems triggered by increased use of herbicides on GE crops.”

In statements to the media in reaction to TOC’s “Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the U.S.” report, Monsanto representatives have disputed the severity of the resistance-driven crisis facing glyphosate-based HT crops. In an article appearing in Peoria’s Journal Star titled “Attack of the Superweeds,” Monsanto spokesperson Darren Wallis was quoted as saying, “We’ve identified only a small number of Roundup Ready resistant weeds – 12. Roundup has been around for many decades and still controls over 300 weeds.”

To view a full version of The Organic Center’s “Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on Pesticide Use in the United States: The First Thirteen Years”, visit http://www.organic-center.org/science.pest.php?action=view&report_id=159.

To view a full version of “Gene amplification confers glyphosate resistance in Amaranthus palmeri”, visit http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2009/12/10/0906649107

About The Organic Center
The Organic Center’s unique mission is to advance scientific research on the health and environmental benefits of organic foods, and to communicate those benefits to the public. As an independent nonprofit 501©(3) research and education organization, we envision improved health for the earth and its inhabitants through conversion of agriculture to organic methods. All of The Organic Center’s research reports, publications, consumer guides and videos are available free of charge on our website, www.organic-center.org.

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