One of the biggest problems with the genetic engineering experiment being run by Monsanto and Bayer is the fact that it is simply so impossible to contain.
Novel genes are being spliced into familiar plants ranging from corn to soy to grass, and these scientific experiments are being unleashed on the unsuspecting populace in ways that have not been tested indepedently for long-term safety.
As a result, more progressive countries that ban or limit the sales or planting of GMOs are rejecting American exports, putting a huge dent in the bottom line of farmers.
In the meantime, organic farmers, activists and naturalists everywhere are struggling to make amends with the impact of these problems, and perhaps no case is more illustrative than in Oregon, where GMO grass has been allowed to grow wild.
GMO Bentgrass Still Causing Serious Headaches
As noted in this article from OregonLive.com, GMO bentgrass is still causing serious problems years after it was introduced.
The grass was designed for golf courses, one of the most lucrative pesticide markets out there, but has escaped and is running roughshod over farmers’ lands, including in Oregon where the story of Jerry Erstrom was detailed by the online news outlet.
The grass is choking out long-farmed plots of land, irrigation ditches, and many fear it could contaminate non-GMO and natural crops on an even larger scale.
Now thanks to government favoritism, Scotts, the company that has long teamed up with Monsanto to produce and distribute Roundup, is getting its way and has been relieved of all future responsibilites in terms of cleanup.
GMO Grass Could Be On the Way Soon
News has been quietly lately on the plans of Scotts and Monsanto to create and sell genetically engineered grass, but it is clearly coming.
The plans have been discussed for years now, and considering the potential of the venture, it goes without saying that both companies (including Monsanto, which is now owned by Bayer) are chomping at the bit to introduce their biggest potential new money maker.
It really makes a lot of sense from a business standpoint when you stop and think about it: golf courses are already racking up huge groundskeeping and pesticide business bills, so if they were to slip in a new type of untested GMO grass with novel “traits,” what’s the harm, and who would really notice?
The pesticide business is big business, and both companies stand a lot to gain for something that has been in the works for several years.
Along with GMO bentgrass, it’s just the latest in a long line of GMO experiments that could have a profound effect on nature, and our health, as we know it.
Petitions have been launched against GMO grass, and you can sign one from GMO Free USA by clicking here.
For more information on the Scotts company’s long-term plans for GMO grass, check out this important 2016 article from Forbes.
For more information on GMO bentgrass, check out the full article here from Oregon Live.