Posts Tagged ‘pesticides’

Midwest Farms: Too Big to Be Sustainable?

On May 10 the National Academy of Sciences sponsored a “weed summit,” to address the threat from weeds resistant to the herbicides used to control them. The immediate motivation for this meeting was the dramatic rise of weeds resistant to the herbicide glyphosate—used in herbicide-resistant GE crops such as soybeans, corn, and cotton that are grown mainly in the Midwest and Southeast. Read More

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The Trojan Horse of Biotechnology

I am sitting at my desk looking at a slim report published in March 1990 at the dawn of the crop biotechnology era. On the matte blue cover are pictures of a then-new commercial equation: a small corn plant enclosed in a chemistry flask and a big barrel of herbicide. The report, “Biotechnology’s Bitter Harvest: Herbicide Tolerant Crops and the Threat to Sustainable Agriculture,” * asked whether herbicide-tolerant crops (HTCs) are a wise use of this powerful new technology. Read More

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On Toxic Dioxin, Will the EPA Fold or Stand Tall?

In August 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency committed to releasing a scientific assessment of the health hazards of chemical dioxins by the end of January 2012. The assessment process has dragged on for nearly three decades—and consistent with what has now become a pattern, the industries that are most responsible for dioxin releases are pushing for yet another delay. Read More

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Genetically Engineered Crops in the Real World – Bt Corn, Insecticide Use, and Honey Bees

One of the most frequently mentioned benefits of genetically engineered crops is a reduction in chemical pesticide use on corn and cotton. Read More

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Biodiversity: It’s Not Just about Pandas and Polar Bears

As I slogged into my garden, soaked by recent tropical storms and hurricane Irene, and pushed back the leaves of my zucchini plants, the wild bumblebee emerging from one of the flowers reminded me that I wasn’t doing all of the work in this plot of vegetables. Read More

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