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Monday 03/17/14

War of the Words
Scientists need to agree on the meaning of the word "resistance," if the government, growers, and industry are ever to find working solutions to slow its evolution in insects.[Read Full Blog Post]
Posted at 2:36PM CDT 03/17/14 by Emily Unglesbee | Post a Comment
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IMO, Monsanto (and other large chemical/trait producers) don't want this change to happen. If it is let on that within a couple of years of new technology is showing initial resistance and farmers start to switch up their purchasing of the prodcut. This hurts the "bottom line" and stock price. They care more about the short sighted bottom line than the long sighted impact of resistance. It's why Roundup is still used so frequently when for the last 5 to 10 years farmers have witnessed more and more "resistance". We just increase the concentration until Glyphosate is rendered "neutered", and we switch to Liberty Link, and the cycle repeats itself. If we put more time into managing our farms through tough decisions and close monitoring of our crops, we would be better off. However, we can't do that with mega farms. It needs to be a once size fits all program, and it will be the unraveling of our farm industry if science can't outpace mother nature.
Posted by Pedro Sanchez at 9:20AM CDT 03/24/14
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