First Monsanto developed seed stock for corn, cotton and soybean that was resistant to Roundup, a pesticide used to kill weeds en masse across acres of crops. The New York Times reports that "today, Roundup Ready crops account for about 90 percent of the soybeans and 70 percent of the corn and cotton grown in the United States."
Now, guess what? Yep. The weeds have evolved to become resistant to Roundup, too. Faced with what is being described as a massive threat to industrial agriculture, farmers are now having to resort to more labor-intensive methods, such as plowing and hand-pulling weeds. The issue is expected to impact food prices
What I would like to see, instead of some new, better, nonresistant version of Roundup, is farmers going back to more sustainable methods. While the article discusses how no-till farming, which prevents erosion, is most severely threatened by Roundup resistance, there are other methods of agriculture, like permaculture, that minimize erosion without the use of massive amounts of toxic chemicals.
What's your take on the Roundup situation?