US ‘superweeds’ epidemic shines spotlight on GMOs

Monday, January 13, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Veronique Dupont
News.Yahoo.com
Jan. 12, 2013

New York (AFP) – The United States is facing an epidemic of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” that some activists and researchers are blaming on GMOs, an accusation rejected by industry giants.

According to a recent study, the situation is such that American farmers are “heading for a crisis.”

Many scientists blame overuse of herbicides, prompted by seeds genetically modified to resist them.

“In parts of the country, weeds resistant to the world’s most popular herbicide, glyphosate, now grow in the vast majority of soybean, cotton, and corn fields,” many of which were planted with seeds resistant to the weedkiller, said the study published in the journal Science in September.

Earlier this month, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was considering the release of new genetically-engineered seeds that are resistant to multiple herbicides.

But “weeds that can shrug off multiple other herbicides are also on the rise,” the study said.

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