Monsanto’s new herbicide-resistant GM crops threaten American vegetable farmers
by: L.J. Devon
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Many American corn and soybean farmers embrace genetically modified seeds and herbicide chemicals. This biotechnology invention helps them produce higher crop yields without having to worry about weeds. Today’s farmers can just apply, en masse, chemicals like glyphosate, which knock out the weeds, allowing the hybrid corn and soybeans to thrive. While this science seems to increase certain food production, it is actually limiting vegetable farmers.
“You have a lot of crops that are sensitive to these herbicides,” USA Today reported Neil Rhodes, director of the herbicide stewardship program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, saying. “With vegetable farmers facing the prospect of a much larger area being sprayed with them in coming years, ‘I’m not surprised they’re concerned.’”
Drift and evaporation causing herbicides to spread to vegetable fields, causing deformities, damaging yields