Thursday, November 4, 2010

Monsanto Reaps What It Sows (Literally)

For those of us who think Monsanto is the Devil, news that the behemoth is paying farmers to use its competitors' pesticides is well-received.

That being said, the reason why is no joke.
Read the story from Rodale News and the importance of buying organic and pesticide-free food becomes crystalline.

Here's the issue in a nutshell, but I think it's worth the three or four minutes to read the
entire article.
"Roundup [a Monsanto pesticide] isn't working anymore. In just a few years, weeds have developed a resistance to the pesticide, causing an explosion of hard-to-kill superweeds that have put millions of acres of U.S. farmland out of commission. So to keep farmers dependent on its expensive chemical system, Monsanto is now paying up to $20 an acre to farmers planting Roundup Ready GMO crops, so long as they spray other harmful chemicals on the land to reduce weeds, since Roundup isn't doing the trick anymore. The corporation that trapped farmers into using all of its products, from seed to weed management, is asking farmers to use other companies' products—and paying them per acre to do so."

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