The Super Weed Threat Just Got More Serious

0003960-dusty-farmlandNo, this isn’t an alert about recreational marijuana.

It’s about herbicide-resistant weeds that are making it harder for farmers to grow the food crops that our nation, and the world, relies on.

During all the hullaballoo about the election, the Environmental Protection Agency quietly approved the use of a new Monsanto-crafted herbicide meant to work with a new strain of GMO seeds, also from Monsanto.

For years, Monsanto has been selling its genetically modified Roundup ready seed along with its signature weed killer, Roundup, to help farmers “increase production” and “reduce their use of pesticides.”

Instead pesticide use went up, and the weeds grew resistant to the active chemicals in Roundup. In recent years, farmers have struggled against these new resistant weeds.

So Monsanto has doubled-down with new GMO seeds and a “new” herbicide. Only the herbicide in question isn’t that new. It’s dicamba-based, a chemical that has been around for decades. The problem with this particular herbicide is that it is very prone to drift. Which means neighboring farmers who haven’t planted Monsanto’s special seeds could lose whole crops as a result.

Also, some weed strains are already resistant to dicamba, a situation that will only get worse the more it’s used.

Over the long-term, this could pose a very serious threat to America’s ability to grow staple crops like corn and soybeans. My recommendation is to put in a garden of your own and to get familiar with local farmers who do not grow genetically modified crops. In the future, having this kind of knowledge could make a huge difference in how easy it is for you to put food on the table.

This new herbicide is truly frightening. Get the full story here.