9 thoughts on “With herbicide-resistant crops, farms balance immediate rewards with future risks

  1. It would be awesome if, instead of lawsuits, CFS would fund research into the “alternative methods” Doug claims are available. If they were cost- and labor-effective I’m sure farmers would be open to them. C’mon Doug–show ’em.

  2. Instead of turning to a different herbicide to kill the resilient weeds, Gurian-Sherman said farmers should use alternative methods.

    What are these so called alternative methods?

      • And people always seem to forget that most crops are planted by machines, and it is really tough to weed them without trampling the crops.
        When i was just a kid, Gramps paid us to kill the thistles in his Canola, we most likely killed far more Canola than the weeds would have done. I am sure he just wanted us out of the house.

  3. “One of the biggest problems with these crops is that they completely changed the way we control weeds and the way we use herbicide,”

    That is not really true. Prior to the introduction of RR soybeans, most farmers used sulfonyurea herbicides to control these weeds and there was plenty of sulfonylurea resistance around then.

    What is actually needed is a longer term approach that diminishes weed seed banks. This may mean a change in the rotation to be able to use other weed control tactics as part of the strategy, rather than relying on a single herbicide.

    Farmers need more options available for weed control, rather then fewer options. There also needs to be work conducted on how to get the best out of those options.

  4. Thank you for reading the story and sharing your comments. As
    the story mentions, those alternative methods do include hand weeding and
    tillage. As a comment in the main story pointed out, alternative methods that
    still use herbicide would include “stacked” herbicide use. While reporting on
    this story, it is clear from the farmers I spoke with that they want more options.
    As Jenny Mennenga said, farmers need more tools in their tools box. It’s also
    important to note that, as Brian Diers said, nature is going to win and weeds
    are always going to find a way to adapt.

  5. Nobody asked for GMO crops and the saturated poisons that go along with them. This is a disaster in many ways than one can imagine!

  6. There are two main GE crops….One is BT toxin which is an unnatural form ovaccf a naturally occurring bacteria which is far more toxic than its natural counterpart, this unnatural bacterium has been genetically engineered into the seed, so this toxin is then expressed in every cell of the plant, so then our corn for example becomes a registered pesticide with the EPA…yummy….then there are Roundup Ready crops that have been genetically engineered to withstand heavy doses of Roundup without dying, so mothers get to feed their babies Glyphosate ridden breast milk and the rest of us get to process it though our kidneys and out in our urine…..Not to mention the active retro virus called the cauliflower mosaic virus that is used to turn the desired trait on and then the antibiotic marker used to ascertain if the desired trait is being expressed… antibiotic resistance anyone? There were never any independent, long-term, minimum of 3 mammalian species, preferably multi-generational studies done to deduce toxicology in human beings concerning the consumption of GMOs…. it’s criminal that they were allowed into our food supply….PERIOD!

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