Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - Farmers, lured by declining commodity prices and pressures involving weed resistance to glyphosate (the main ingredient in Roundup), have recently expressed a strong interest in growing non-GMO soybeans and corn in early 2015. Wayne Hoener, vice president of sales for Des Moines-based seed company eMerge, which sells non-GMO corn and soybean seed to farmers, says that, although premium totals may be declining, the final figures amount to higher percentages of price compared to two years ago.
Furthermore, as weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to glyphosate, an active ingredient in the herbicide commonly known as Roundup, farmers find growing non-GMO crops even more appealing.
Concerns over weed resistance and Roundup persist
With good reason, many people are against GMO crops. They're beyond questioning its value, and instead are refusing to be part of anything involving Monsanto's Roundup and the ills that surround the dangerous herbicide.
It's understandable. After all, there's mounting evidence linking glyphosate to devastating human health consequences ranging from Parkinson's disease to some cancers. In areas like Argentina, where Roundup is heavily used, 80 percent of children have been found to have signs of toxicity in their bloodstreams. There seems to be no end in sight; through the years, Roundup has been found to be even more toxic than it was when first approved for agricultural use. Despite this finding, no adjustments to regulations were made to address the increased levels of toxicity.
There's also increasing information that outlines the manner in which Monsanto has dealt with the issue of weed resistance -- which is, ironically, associated with overuse of their Roundup in the first place. Their fix? To "correct" the problem of weed resistance, they advocate spraying even more heavily than before, and with even stronger pesticides.
Of course, no mention of weeds building resistance due to saturating them with toxins is mentioned in any detail on Monsanto's website. The most they delve into that aspect is a statement on their site that "Glyphosate resistance can occur, however it is rare and slow to develop in comparison to other herbicides."
Debate about weed resistance aside, farmers have also expressed interest in growing non-GMO crops because they've found that non-GMO seed has become as effective at producing yields as the GMO varieties.
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