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April 22, 2009 – Comments (2) | RELATED TICKERS: MON

In 1975 Monsanto began its Cell biology research program. Twelve years later they field tested their first genetically modified plants. In 1996, twenty one years after they started cell biology research they introduce their first "biotechnology products" round-up ready soybean, and bollguard insect protected cotton. One year later they created their first "stacked" product, round-up ready cotton combined with the bollguard protection trait.

Beginning in 1996 and in only eight years, Mother Nature, using only all natural, traditional breeding techniques introduced roundup-ready pigweed, first noticed in 2004. Four years later it plagues cotton fields of the American South and is spreading... like a weed.

Some farmers have resorted to pulling it up by hand.

Unintended Consequences, and all that.

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#1) On April 23, 2009 at 12:58 AM, Sickdaze (< 20) wrote:

So Monsanto found a trait that 99.9 percent of weeds had in common and also found a way to kill those weeds by exploiting that shared trait. The result is that 99.9 percent of weeds are easily killed. (In addition, most vegetables carried this trait so they had to engineer this trait out of the vegetables so they could survive).

This trait was likely beneficial because it had been so prevalent.  So now, a weed that would have been considered deficient or handicapped is now the only survivor and so it passes on it's genes.  and since this formerly small % are the only weeds left standing they will pass on this "immunity" and all others will die off.  off.  Also with less competition this new immune plant will thrive.  In the future the weeds with this old trait will continue to die and we are left with all immune plants.

This is evolution...

(these weeds could have accidentally been cross polinated or purposely engineered and "gotten out" but I'm not a conspiracy theorist so the above seems much more plausible)

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#2) On April 23, 2009 at 1:19 PM, ralphmachio (28.44) wrote:

The 'killer' gene that disables the plants ability to produce viable seed is another nice invention from Monsanto. With their technology, and the rampant, dirty revolving door politics between the FDA and Monsanto, it is possible that they could homogenize the seed stock, and that is the most dangerous (at least one of em) aspect to this. 

"Monsanto: A documentary that Americans Won't See" Is another one of the free movies from the net I rec., check it out if you are really interested in the truth behind Monsanto. 

 

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