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widespread planting of “Roundup Ready” crops that are genetically engineered
to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate has led to the emergence
of glyphosate-resistant weeds in fields in the
The approach currently adopted to stem its spread has been to apply more and more herbicides, including chemicals which are banned in many countries due to their toxicity. American farmers have also had to revert to agricultural practices used in the 1980s and earlier, such as hand weeding and increased tillage. Such measures will not only push up farm production costs, but give rise to adverse environmental impacts as well.
This paper examines the worrying
extent and implications of the Palmer pigweed problem, which the author
says shows up the folly of
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
HAMMOND is an American policy researcher who has worked on biodiversity,
biological weapons and infectious disease issues since 1994. From 1999
to 2008 he directed the Sunshine Project, an international non-governmental
organization specializing in biological weapons control.
2. The Emergence of Glyphosate Resistance
3. What is Known About the Biology of Palmer Pigweed Resistance
4. Chemical Storm: The Response to Glyphosate-Resistant Pigweed
5. Costs to Manage Glyphosate-Resistant Pigweed
6. Impact of Increased Tilling
7. Cloudy Outlook: 2,4-D- and Dicamba-Resistant Cotton
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