herbicide resistance


ifrik: nice article on herbicide-resistant superweeds, RoundupReady GM crops and #Monsanto 's patent on mixing herbicides http://tiny.cc/kdDtV

A new study by Charles Benbrook shows that farmers in the US from 1996 to 2008 used 144 million kg (318 million pounds) of herbicides more then compared to conventional agriculture.
This is mainly caused by the development of herbicide resistant weeds and due to the fact that herbicide applications in conventional agriculture continuously decreased in the same period.

[img_assist|nid=239|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=43]On 13 November 2008, the Dutch parliament decided that the agricultural minister Verburg should vote against the approval of the herbicide-tolerant soy MON89788 at the next Council Meeting of the EU agricultural ministers. Reasons are especially the failure of EFSA to consider long-term effects of GM crops.

[img_assist|nid=173|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=43]Monsanto advices framers to use three additional herbicides to deal with herbicide resistant palmer amaranth. What happened to the promise that GM crops would reduce the herbicide applications? Is this the confirmation that such promises were just a sales pitch?