Roundup failing

Thu. Sep. 10, 2015

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Roundup has been around since  the 70’s. when a chemist for Monsanto discovered what glyphosate could do to weeds.  Glyphosate is a broad spectrum herbicide that was introduced under the trade name – Roundup.  It was quickly adopted by farmers, even more so when Monsanto introduced glyphosate-resistantcrops, enabling farmers to kill weeds without killing their crops.

"Roundup"

n 2007 glyphosate was the most used herbicide in the United States agricultural sector, with 180 to 185 million pounds applied, and the second most used in the home and garden market where users applied 5 to 8 million pounds  and in addition to THAT  industry, commerce and government applied 13 to 15 million pounds .  that’s a lot of chemical use.  And now, weeds are becoming resistant.  In Minnesota, common ragweed, giant ragweed and common waterhemp are the top three weeds resistant to Roundup.

spraying roundup

Giant ragweed
Giant ragweed

 

Waterhemp in soybean field
Waterhemp in soybean field

 

Waterhemp
Waterhemp

As farmers discuss the use of other chemicals and more product used, I can’t help but think about the goats I told you about yesterday.  While impractical for corn and soybean fields, it does make those of us who prefer not to have so many chemicals in our food ponder our local CSA’s.  CSA means  community supported agriculture.  CSAs generally focus on the production of high quality foods for a local community, often using organic or biodynamic farming methods..That means fewer chemicals.  That’s not to say they DON’T use them but it may be in a more judicious manner.  I’m not against using chemicals but The problem with ONLY using them is not only a buildup of resistance but also it doesn’t lend itself to more crop rotation which ins better for our soil.

Something to think about!

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