- Author: Brad Hanson
The risks of GMO herbicide-resistant crops as a source for resistance traits in weeds has garnered recent attention in discussions of so-called “superweeds”. [I've commented previously on my general disagreement with the term "superweed" when talking about herbicide resistance]. Some media reports and online sources have suggested that herbicide resistance can be caused by resistance “jumping” from the crops into weeds. In fact, at least one online dictionary defines the problem in these terms:
- Author: Steve Orloff
It never ceases to amaze me how controversial the issue of genetically engineered crops is. It is probably one of the polarizing issues of our time. Many people's beliefs on the subject are so firmly engrained that there is no way that their opinion on the subject can be altered—even a tiny bit. Oftentimes, you hear people with differing viewpoints using the same issue to further their argument. The issue I am referring to is pesticide use (herbicides and insecticides). Opponents of genetically-engineered crops (most often referred to as GMO's by those against the technology) often claim that the use of GMO crops has resulted in increased pesticide use, while those in favor of genetically-engineered (GE) crops assert that the use...
At the Alfalfa and Forage Meeting held at the Kearney Agricultural Center in September, we provided a demonstration of the co-existence of Roundup Ready® (RR) and conventional alfalfa hay fields. The demonstration took place between two hay fields – one of them RR and the other conventional – that were in their third year of production and separated only by a one-lane dirt...
- Author: Lynn M. Sosnoskie
Just a quick note to let everyone know that the May 2, 2013 issue of Nature is devoted to GMO technology. Contents include an editorial, updates about GM salmon, a series of graphs and figures detailing the adoption of GMO technology, and commentaries about the GMO debate.
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