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	Here's an exposť from high profile media. 
Genetically manipulated (GM) crops are not only 
keeping us on the pesticide treadmill - they are 
accelerating it!!
	(So much for the agricultural biotech 
industry PR line that GM crops would reduce the 
use of pesticides.)

		-  laurel hopwood, sierra club 
genetic engineering action team chair


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704025304575284390777746822.html
Wall Street Journal
June 4, 2010
By Scott Kilman
		Superweed outbreak triggers arms race
EDITED

Hardy superweeds immune to the Farm Belt's most 
effective weedkiller are invading fields, 
prompting a counterattack from agribusiness that 
could leave farmers using greater amounts of 
harsh old-line herbicides.

The flagging weedkiller is Monsanto's Roundup, 
used on GM corn, soybean and cotton plants.

Dow, DuPont, Bayer, BASF, and Syngenta  are 
spending hundreds of millions of dollars to 
develop GM soybean, corn and cotton plants that 
can survive a dousing by their herbicides, many 
decades old.

Some of the old pesticides-in particular, those 
called 2,4-D and dicamba-have a history of posing 
more risks for the environment than the chemical 
in Roundup.  That's partly because they have more 
of a tendency to drift on the wind onto 
neighboring farms or wild vegetation. Roundup 
tends to adhere better to the ground.

Ron Holthouse grows GM cotton and soybeans, but 
after 10 years of use on his land, Roundup no 
longer controls pigweed, which ran rampant in his 
fields last year.  The weed, which can grow six 
feet high on a stalk like a baseball bat, is 
tough enough to damage delicate parts of his 
cotton-picking equipment. For the first time in 
years, Mr. Holthouse used an older, highly 
poisonous weedkiller called paraquat.

Chemical companies are tight-lipped about their 
development of crops that can tolerate the 
spraying of herbicides other than Roundup.

Dow manufactures 2,4-D, a powerful herbicide. 
Within the next few years, Dow hopes to sell 
seeds for corn, soybeans and cotton that will be 
unaffected if farmers spray 2,4-D on their fields.

Some winery owners are concerned that such 
efforts will renew farmer demand for 2,4-D, to 
which grapes are highly sensitive if the 
herbicide drifts from a farm sprayer onto vines. 
"A neighbor could take me out in one night." said 
winery owner Neal Newsom.

The Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned 
the EPA in 2008 to ban 2,4-D, citing research 
that suggests it disrupts hormones in trout, 
rodents and sheep.

Monsanto is developing a dicamba-tolerant soybean.


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