Chemical companies are developing soybean, corn and cotton varieties tolerant of harsh older...

Chemical companies are developing soybean, corn and cotton varieties tolerant of harsh older pesticides so that farmers can freely spray these on fields invaded by weeds that are growing immune to Monsanto's (MON) Roundup. It's a "very significant opportunity" for Dow Chemical (DOW), DuPont (DD), Bayer (BAYRY.PK), BASF (BASFY.PK) and Syngenta (SYT).

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  • inthemoney
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    Yeah, that is thing we need, more of older harsher pesticides in our food. Should I start a veggies garden in the backyard now to avoid it. But even water is poisoned with chemicals.
    4 Jun 2010, 10:16 AM Reply Like
  • Jason Tillberg
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    Who gave this comment a thumbs down? A Factory farmer?


    Yes, grow a garden. Raise some chickens, use their poop as fertilizer.

  Food Inc.
    4 Jun 2010, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • FiaPoko
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    So what happens when the weeds become resistant to these older pesticides? Fire resistant crops? Nuclear weapon resistant? Nuke the weeds from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
    4 Jun 2010, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • Bill S. Friend
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    Perhaps we should develope a human that is chemically resistent. Maybe these monolithic chem companies could help us with that one.
    4 Jun 2010, 10:20 AM Reply Like
  • Mad_Max_A_Million
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    2-4-D and Roundup are Herbicides. Malathion is an example of a pesticide. The former kills weeds. The latter kills bugs (every kind of bug there is). Most of the genetic work is done with herbicides. You can plant roundup resistant corn and then spray it with roundup and only the weeds are killed. That was the plan until the weeds got the message.
    4 Jun 2010, 12:49 PM Reply Like
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