Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monsanto Succumbs to Evolution

Oh this is priceless.   The Dr. Frankenstein of genetically modified crops, Monsanto, has been humiliated by Mother Nature.

Years ago Monsanto introduced "Roundup Ready" crops - soya beans, corn and cotton.   These were crops genetically modified to be resistant to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide, Roundup.   The idea was farmers would plant Monsanto genetically modified crops, spray their fields with Roundup to kill off everything else, and - voila - big harvests of Roundup Ready produce.

Except that Mother Nature had other plans.   Let's just call it Evolution.  For a while Roundup worked as advertised but then the awful weeds evolved and developed their own Roundup immunity.  Oopsie!

As if that wasn't bad enough for Monsanto, it's claims that Roundup is an environmentally friendly herbicide are being challenged.  Read more here at Grist.org.

1 comment:

okie said...

I feel somewhat vindicated.

Next up, the Long Gun Registry farse.

Maybe the Khadr farse.

Or maybe the $24 million to provide temporary comfort to some MP's?

So many farses, I hardly know which to focus on first.