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Use of Toxic Herbicide and Pesticide

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  • The excessive use of chemicals on genetically modified (GM) crops by farmers has led to resistance, both in weeds and pests, leaving farmers to struggle with an increasingly difficult situation
  • More than two dozen weed species are now resistant to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup
  • In a draft "environmental impact statement" (EIS), the US Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has recommended that Monsanto’s new GM cotton and soybean plants should be approved
  • The so-called "Roundup Ready Xtend” crops are resistant to both glyphosate and the herbicide dicamba; APHIS is also leaning toward approving Dow AgroSciences’ GM “Enlist” corn and soybeans, which are resistant to glyphosate and the Agent Orange ingredient 2,4-D
  • Rapidly increasing weed resistance is driving up the volume of herbicide needed by about 25 percent annually; the new approvals could drive it up by another 50 percent, according to one estimate

By Dr. Mercola

One of the “benefits” of genetically modified (GM) crops is supposed to be a significant reduction in the use of chemicals, such as highly toxic herbicides and pesticides.

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