Thanks to the Environmental Protection Agency, you can now eat more of Monsanto's (NYSE: MON ) herbicide Roundup in your food.
Roundup remains the largest crop protection brand globally, and because it genetically modifies seeds to survive an application of the herbicide, Monsanto has oriented the focus of its crop protection business to support Roundup Ready crops sold to farmers. Buy seeds that can withstand Roundup, sell more Roundup to spray on crops.
A byproduct of this symbiotic relationship, though, is the creation of superweeds, weeds that have developed a tolerance to the herbicide and are spreading across farmland, impervious to man and machine. Because farmers who grow GM crops typically use 25% more herbicide, not less, than those who grow traditional seeds, the weeds are developing a thirst for it.
Yet it’s not just weeds that are growing resistant. Bugs, too, have become immune to the chemicals. Monsanto’s GM corn, for example, was molecularly modified to kill pests like rootworm, but they’re making a comeback even as GM corn accounts for 86% of the country’s supply. Now we’ve got superinsects, too!
-Except the bees. This is killing them. Soon there will be no pollinators and no food. Just superweeds and starvation.