Monday, May 10, 2010

Roundup-Resistant superweeds highlight the need for sustainable, organic agriculture

"The New York Times recently ran an article entitled "Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds". The author highlights the emergence of a new class of weeds in farm fields planted in at least 22 states, including California, and seems to suggest that “superweeds” are the result of the “near-ubiquitous use of the weedkiller Roundup,” a product of Monsanto corporation.

But this is misleading, as any half-truth would be.

Michael Pollan, also a contributor to the Times and author of several books including Food Rules: An Eaters Manual, responded promptly to the piece by pointing out that not only was this phenomenon predictable, it has a rather straightforward solution: stop planting genetically modified monocultures."