Farmers’ battles with weeds are aided, not hurt, by biotech

The following is an excerpt.

When the biotechnology antagonists try to stoke fear by warning about “superweeds,” they make these plants sound like an alarming cross between the unruly dinosaurs in “Jurassic Park” and the carnivorous botany in “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“I was talking to a farmer from Arkansas and he’s got weeds that are now eight feet tall, they’re the diameter of my wrists, and they can stop a combine in its tracks,” Gary Hirshberg, a leading anti-biotech activist, told U.S. News & World Report last year. “The only way [farmers] can stop them is to go in there with machetes and hack them out.”

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Gary is actually right -but this is nothing new, and has nothing to do with biotechnology.

View the original article here: Agricultural Chess: The Age Old Battle of Farmers Against Weeds

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