Roundup herbicide is mixed prior to application.
Over the past decade, biotech companies like Monsanto have dominated dinner tables with crops like corn, soybeans and canola.
The crops have been modified to survive lethal doses of herbicides, resulting in increased herbicide use, a surge in herbicide-resistant weeds, and the contamination of organic and conventional crops.
Virtually all soybeans, corn, canola, and sugar beets grown in the United States today are patented by Monsanto or other large corporations.
70–80% of all packaged foods found in supermarkets contain one or more genetically modified ingredients. There is no requirement that genetically modified ingredients be labeled.
In 2009, Monsanto finally acknowledged that the emergence of resistant weeds is a serious problem with the Roundup Ready system. Their solution was to spray more herbicides.
Monsanto, whose roots began in creating toxic chemical concoctions like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and DDT, is the world leader in genetically engineered seed production. It has benefited tremendously from biotechnology by packaging its Roundup Ready line of GE seeds with its Roundup herbicide. But what’s good for Monsanto’s business isn’t so great for people or the environment. Take a walk through Monsanto's seedy past:
Graphic by Wes Holing.
Source: Center for Food Safety