Rise of the superweeds

The NYT on the stunning evolution weeds have undergone in response to Roundup.

On a side note, evolution happens. It happens over a couple of generations and it happens over millions. There is no debate.

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Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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  1. One of the aspects of organic farming I respect most is its emphasis on considering the long-term ecological consequences of actions, rather than ignoring them or assuming they can be trumped with more technology. Understanding biological and ecological evolution is key to managing an organic farm, something that has mostly been lost in modern agribusiness even though our forefathers understood it instinctively (at least some of them).

    It’s also fascinating to see more farmers waking up to the realization that being completely dependent on large chemical companies for their livelihoods is not a very good business strategy.

    I was amused by the quote that glyphosate “is as important for reliable global food production as penicillin is for battling disease”. No. It’s important for a certain type of modern crop production, in the way that routine antibiotics are necessary for a certain type of modern meat production. Big difference.

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