Pesticides Spawning Superweeds

A study in the recent issue of the journal Outlooks on Pesticide Management reports that there are now 15 weed species that have complete resistance to the world's most widely used herbicide, Monsanto's glyphosate. Researchers say most of these "superweeds" have developed resistance over time, due to long-term overuse of the chemical. Glyphosate, most commonly applied as Monsanto's Roundup, has been in heavy use globally for over 30 years. The study warns these superweeds pose "serious" problems to farmers if new control strategies are not developed. Of course the best way to avoid spawning superweeds is to ban genetically engineered crops and to adopt organic farming practices.

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