One of the biggest issues with Monsanto’s genetically engineered crops (also known as GMOs or genetically modified organisms), aside from the fact that they aren’t increasing yields after all, is the ongoing “superweed” conundrum facing farmers across the country.
Not only are the GMO crops resistant to Roundup and other Monsanto chemicals, but plants in the field are constantly becoming resistant as well – making these nuisance plants extraordinarily difficult for farmers to kill and causing serious headaches.
Now a new study has shown that these Roundup-resistant genes are contaminating natural plants much more than originally thought, casting serious doubt on the viability of Monsanto’s creations going forward.
Roundup-Resistant Weeds Thriving, New Study Shows
According to a new report from the website Sustainable Pulse, glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup)-resistant superweeds were found in a staggering 76.8% of sites tested by the University of Illinois Plant Clinic in 2016.
The resistance report released by the clinic showed that glyphosate resistance and PPO Inhibitor herbicide resistance have both reached “epic proportions” as the Pulse report put it.
Out of 2,000 waterhemp or amaranth weed samples received from 10 states across the farming-rich Midwest, 456 of the whole field sites displayed resistance to glyphosate out of 593 sites, for a total of 76.8% of all sites.
Of the whole field, 62.5% also were resistant to PPO inhibitor while 49% of weeds on the whole field sites were resistant to both, the report noted. Most of the samples were taken from Illinois.
The report added that the the research has led many farmers in the Midwest to question GMO crops and their flagship “glyphosate (or Roundup) resistant” traits, which have been pushed as a solution to many farmers’ problems and even touted as a solution to world hunger (although the United Nations and many other major organizations worldwide disagree).
One farmer had this to say according to the Pulse article:
“GM crops are on the edge of failure in the U.S. as farmers are asked to fork out more and more money on herbicides to try to control the superweeds. We simply can’t afford it! It is near the end of the road for these crops and many of my friends in the Midwest are on the edge of turning back to conventional farming methods.”
While Monsanto donates millions to agricultural universities in order to “research” new “technologies” they say are helpful to farmers, the cold hard facts remain the same: Monsanto’s only response to the growing superweed problem thus far has been to create more “systems” that rely on increasingly toxic concentrations of chemicals to kill resistant weeds.
The result, critics say, is a chemical “treadmill” of sorts that continues feeding the very same problem it created over time.
For more info on the study, you can check out the full Pulse article by clicking here.