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Monsanto-spawned superweeds growing three inches daily, destroying farm equipment
Natural news ^ | August 1, 2011 | Ethan A. Huff

Posted on 08/01/2011 1:45:40 PM PDT by opentalk

The proliferation of superweeds --weeds that have mutated to develop resistance to popular herbicides like Monsanto's Roundup formula --continues to rise. But the individual plants' overall size and strength is also increasing. According to a series of new studies published in the journal Weed Science, farmers are having more trouble than ever dealing with out-of-control superweeds in their fields, some of which grow up to three inches a day in size, and are so strong and thick that they are destroying farm equipment.

The studies reveal that there are currently at least 21 different weed species known to be resistant to Roundup, also known generically as glyphosate. These species include ragweed, pigweed, horseweed, waterhemp, and ryegrass. Since 2007, the total acreage of farmland known to be infested with superweeds has also jumped more than 450 percent, from 2.4 million acres to 11 million acres, which means that the problem is only going to get exponentially worse.

"Super-strains of plants like pigweed --which grows three inches a day and is tough enough to damage farm machinery --have emerged, which may dramatically reduce the options for farmers to control them,"

(Excerpt) Read more at naturalnews.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food
KEYWORDS: gmo; monsanto; monsantoepicfail; monsantosuperweeds; roundup; superweeds; usda
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1 posted on 08/01/2011 1:45:42 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

ping


2 posted on 08/01/2011 1:47:11 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Ping


3 posted on 08/01/2011 1:51:22 PM PDT by rightly_dividing
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To: opentalk

The source for this article has a definite agenda (as does everyone). I would like to see a few more facts.


4 posted on 08/01/2011 1:58:15 PM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: opentalk

5 posted on 08/01/2011 1:58:34 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (We are past the end of the beginning and now going into the beginning of the end.)
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To: opentalk

Whatta load of nonsense.

BTW, you might want to check out “naturalnews.com” and the guy behind it, “Mike Adams.” He’s a marketing guru. He was involved in marketing Y2K hype when that was fashionable.


6 posted on 08/01/2011 1:58:34 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: opentalk

Are these proof of evolution? Is it “God’s will” that these super weeds become resistant to eradication measures?

(Not trying to be contentious or overly Darwinian, but hoping to expand the conversation a bit. No offense intended toward any group.)


7 posted on 08/01/2011 1:59:09 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: opentalk

Uh, oh. It’s the “Day of the Triffids”.


8 posted on 08/01/2011 1:59:15 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: OB1kNOb
Feed me, Seymour!
9 posted on 08/01/2011 1:59:44 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: opentalk

I just read Weed Science for the centerfolds.


10 posted on 08/01/2011 2:00:51 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB ( "I don't want the majority if we don't stand for something"- Jim Demint)
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To: opentalk
The only way it is possible to get rid of superweeds ... is to end the cultivation of GM crops for good. ... [E]very GM field would have to be uprooted, tilled, and burned, and the whole of mainstream agriculture would have to embrace a system of chemical-free polyculture that naturally encourages proper soil health and microbial diversity

Uh huh...

11 posted on 08/01/2011 2:01:11 PM PDT by null and void (Day 921. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: opentalk

Hey, there should be a lot of commercial uses for a tougher than steel Plant fiber.\s


12 posted on 08/01/2011 2:01:26 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: opentalk

All I know is to NEVER buy organic top soil, esp. if it’s from out of state. I made that mistake this spring and am now battling some crazy strain of invasive stalk-like grass. Never had it before and it’s only in areas where I put the organic top soil.


13 posted on 08/01/2011 2:03:24 PM PDT by rintense (God made me a conservative. FR made me a better one. :))
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To: opentalk
Pigweed damaging iron and steel? Really??? I giggle in this guy's general direction.

Weeds develop resistance due to misuse of glyphosates, not because Monsanto developed RoundUp.

14 posted on 08/01/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: Two Kids' Dad

Well, technically, its all “Gods will” , but I don’t think he has any problem with natural selection ( He created the process actually, being the awesome designer he is) -
. Which this would be an example of.
If it was true ( which remains to be seen considering the source) -
Evolution is actually more like “ These plants turned into giraffes” -
I’ll ask God when I meet him. Hopefully, by that time, you’ll be there too and we can both listen and learn......
;-)


15 posted on 08/01/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT by humantech ("No one wants to live to see such evil times. Its what you do with the time you are given")
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To: rintense

My neighbor got some topsoil from the municipality, which reclaimed it from compost. A couple of months later he was pulling radishes and potatos out of his lawn.


16 posted on 08/01/2011 2:10:40 PM PDT by frithguild (RINO's are more damaging than hard lefties.)
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To: opentalk
Hippie trippy anti-technological mysticism.
17 posted on 08/01/2011 2:11:25 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: opentalk

A pefect source material for biofuels!


18 posted on 08/01/2011 2:11:44 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: opentalk

This is HUGH.


19 posted on 08/01/2011 2:12:42 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: opentalk

First let’s clear up some BAD science in the first line:

“... mutated to develop resistance to popular herbicides”

Acquired traits are not inherited.

Organisms do not change their genes in response to environmental stress. For example, giraffes do not produce offspring with genes to grow longer necks to better reach increasingly higher leaves on taller trees. The truth is parents with genes for long necks pass along those genes to their offspring who then grow long necks— survive better and longer and produce more fertile offspring. The genes have to be present in the population to permit NATURAL SELECTION to occur due to environmental stress.

Mutations, which are almost always harmful in real life, UNLESS ENGINEERED, only become predominant in the population if they are ‘successful.’

In this instance **IF** a mutation occurred in a seed or seeds of SINGLE GROWTH of a strain of weeds in location A, this ‘super bug’ weed could arise from that and spread. And that takes a while. MRSA is an analogous example of that.

The mere presence of a herbicide does NOT cause mutations to arise that make the weed population resistant to the herbicide. Rather what happens is that only those specimens that ALREADY were resistant were able to live to maturity and produce fertile seeds with a genome akin to the parent(s).

**IF** the herbicide can be shown to be a mutagen, that is a different story. But keep in mind most often ‘random’ mutations result in stillborn, early-dead or infertile offspring.

There is NO willful act of mutation in nature. there is speciation, and there is mutation. Environmental stress (aka herbicides) WILL drive a shift in the gene prominence/population of surviving organisms. THAT is NOT mutation.

Now I will read the article ;-)


20 posted on 08/01/2011 2:12:42 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
The Trouble with Tribbles started with quadro-triticale:


21 posted on 08/01/2011 2:14:11 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: opentalk
"Super-strains of plants like pigweed --which grows three inches a day."

Does it have any use? Gasohol, fabrics, paper, or plastics?

22 posted on 08/01/2011 2:15:23 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: frithguild
"My neighbor got some topsoil from the municipality, which reclaimed it from compost. A couple of months later he was pulling radishes and potatos out of his lawn."

If the city composted it, it would contain every disease and bug ridden plant, tree, or weed in the city. I hate to bring in compost for soil.

23 posted on 08/01/2011 2:18:47 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: Average Al
A couple of months later he was pulling radishes and potatos out of his lawn."

That's pretty cool. I used to have a lot of wild onion in my lawn in Georgia. The stuff was everywhere.

24 posted on 08/01/2011 2:21:11 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: rintense

“All I know is to NEVER buy organic top soil, esp. if it’s from out of state. I made that mistake this spring and am now battling some crazy strain of invasive stalk-like grass. Never had it before and it’s only in areas where I put the organic top soil.”

Down here, I got some with Saw grass in it,Tough dude there,easer to just re-sod.


25 posted on 08/01/2011 2:31:58 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: NVDave; opentalk

first thing I do is look at the source of “news”. Anyone that thinks this is not agenda driven is a moron.


26 posted on 08/01/2011 2:35:44 PM PDT by steveo (PETO-VT-IN-MARI-SVB-CRVCE-AVSTRALI-SEPELIAR)
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To: opentalk

“A superweed ate my baby.”


27 posted on 08/01/2011 2:37:45 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: steveo

True, true.

In this case, however, the agenda isn’t necessarily what we’d think it is.

Adams’ companies make money on direct email (ie, “business spam”) software systems to send email ads to target customer bases. He claims that they’re based in Cody, WY... and the next time I’ve over there, I’ll see whether the address given is just his registered agent for his LLC or there is an actual company there.

The point being, this guy has some background in the Y2K “market” and I’m not entirely certain that he’s putting out these bumpf on “natural” foods and living for purely altruistic reasons. ie, he could well be generating leads for marketing campaigns from this sort of stuff...


28 posted on 08/01/2011 2:41:09 PM PDT by NVDave
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To: opentalk
Time to buy a goat or two.


29 posted on 08/01/2011 2:45:24 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: Drawsing
Here is a related article, NY times

Farmers Cope with Roundup -resistant weeds

30 posted on 08/01/2011 2:46:10 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: Squantos

Look out, here come the giant tumbleweeds.


31 posted on 08/01/2011 2:48:11 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: SIDENET
"I used to have a lot of wild onion in my lawn in Georgia. The stuff was everywhere."

ME too, it is hardy stuff.

32 posted on 08/01/2011 2:52:37 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: Average Al

“Does it have any use? Gasohol, fabrics, paper, or plastics?”

Yeah, as a weapon. Drop seeds from drone aircraft over the poppy fields of Afghanistan or the rice fields of North Korea.


33 posted on 08/01/2011 2:57:27 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: steveo
Related link to alternate souce

link, ny times

...The study was issued by the National Research Council, which is affiliated with the National Academy of Sciences and provides advice to the nation under a Congressional charter.

Overuse of this seductively simple approach to weed control is starting to backfire. Use of Roundup, or its generic equivalent, glyphosate, has skyrocketed to the point that weeds are rapidly becoming resistant to the chemical.

That is rendering the technology less useful, requiring farmers to start using additional herbicides, some of them more toxic than glyphosate.

34 posted on 08/01/2011 2:57:55 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: Average Al; SIDENET

Ever tried eating wild onion? I sauteed some that I pulled up with stir-fry. Really good with a flavor which bites! FWIW, I also take a teaspoon of Tabasco sauce straight twice a day during cold and flu season. I miss about one day of work every 3-5 years due to colds.


35 posted on 08/01/2011 3:24:59 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: razorback-bert

Not sure what is worse....these or the dreaded tickle grass.

Arrrrrgggggg !


36 posted on 08/01/2011 3:37:51 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: steveo; All
first thing I do is look at the source of “news”. Anyone that thinks this is not agenda driven is a moron.

It wasn't long ago that Fukushima was a conspiracy created by left wing Greenpeace fanatics. Link below from FR nuke experts...great fun.

URGENT: Radiation 1,600 times normal level 20 km from Fukushima plant: IAEA - FR Thead

Do you dismiss the instructions on a bottle of antibiotics to complete the entire course as prescribed? (Even if Rush Limbaugh told you it was ok...lol)

If so - why?

Do you know why taking an incomplete course of ABX is not a good idea?

Can you draw any parallels to how the use of a broad spectrum pesticide can be completely ruled out as a potential equivalent of an incomplete course of ABX?

37 posted on 08/01/2011 3:44:14 PM PDT by Chunga85 ("Foreclosure Fraud", TARP, "Fight Club Lawyer", Bailout)
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To: Vigilanteman
"Ever tried eating wild onion? I sauteed some that I pulled up with stir-fry."

I was wondering if it could be used on a salad.

38 posted on 08/01/2011 3:55:04 PM PDT by Average Al
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To: Chunga85
Do you dismiss the instructions on a bottle of antibiotics to complete the entire course as prescribed?

Nope never ever ever. But this is pure BS

39 posted on 08/01/2011 4:06:32 PM PDT by steveo (PETO-VT-IN-MARI-SVB-CRVCE-AVSTRALI-SEPELIAR)
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To: steveo
But this is pure BS

Can you explain why?

40 posted on 08/01/2011 4:22:50 PM PDT by Chunga85 ("Foreclosure Fraud", TARP, "Fight Club Lawyer", Bailout)
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To: opentalk

more signs of judgment from God


41 posted on 08/01/2011 4:29:57 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Vigilanteman
I also take a teaspoon of Tabasco sauce straight twice a day during cold and flu season.

I love you dude!

42 posted on 08/01/2011 4:39:04 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (You can't forfeit the game Chuck! If you go home you forfeit!)
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To: Average Al

So many wild onions in my yard, my eyes water when I cut it, but they stop when it gets hot.

I don’t know enough abpout this story to judge it , but food is going to get a lot more expensive if they have to stop No till farming.


43 posted on 08/01/2011 5:00:02 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: opentalk
Isn't "pigweed" the stuff that has corrosive sap, that will blind you if it gets into your eyes? It's the "Xenomorph" of the plant kingdom!

Mark

44 posted on 08/01/2011 5:01:34 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Chunga85
But this is pure BS
Can you explain why?

Because it is a blatantly agenda based site. Pure fringe agenda based. Nutburger time. I have never heard of this happening in any media until today. One may as well use DEBKA as their primary news source. Pure crap.

45 posted on 08/01/2011 5:19:27 PM PDT by steveo (PETO-VT-IN-MARI-SVB-CRVCE-AVSTRALI-SEPELIAR)
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To: null and void

And lots of weeding, with hoes. Of course, that will work with the super-weeds, too.
And we have lots of unemployed and even seasonally employed who could now be put to work year-round (or all growing-season) to dig up and kill weeds.


46 posted on 08/01/2011 5:36:13 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: tbw2
A "You Will Work For Food" program?

I like it.

47 posted on 08/01/2011 5:39:40 PM PDT by null and void (Day 921. When your only tools are a Hammer & Sickle, everything looks like a Capitalist...)
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To: NVDave

I have him/Natural News on my Facebook. He is on the conservative side of almost every topic that he posts about. He takes quite a lot of heat for it there.


48 posted on 08/01/2011 5:41:33 PM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Still searching for the new tagline!)
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To: Average Al
As long as you washed them good, I think you could, but the flavor would be dominating rather than blending or complimentary as when you sautee' them.

BTW, the scientific name for pigweed is Amaranthus palmeri and it is both edible and highly nutritious. Pigs love it and hence the name.

Because of the concentration of nitrates, it can be mildly toxic to cattle and other undulates with multiple digestive chambers as the nitrates concentrate as it moves along the digestive tract. Ditto for those with kidney or other digestive problems.

If a cow eats too much pigweed, the best antidote is plenty of grass and water to dilute the nitrogen concentration. Avoid grain, alfalfa or other nitrogen rich hay.

If that doesn't do the trick, tobacco and a call to the vet generally will save the cow as long as you catch it early enough.

49 posted on 08/01/2011 8:14:52 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Tabasco sauce is positively one of the most useful food and nutritional supplements ever invented. I've rescued perfectly awful food with a few dashes of Tabasco to make it edible. Occasionally, I will find a store brand which might be up to 70% as good as the real thing. But not often.
50 posted on 08/01/2011 8:18:51 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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