Lisa Says: As predicted by many, concerns about pesticide use on our food supply (and run off into our waters) is now resulting in weds that are resistant. “Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms”. Many farmers such as Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms are living examples of how sustainable agriculture works effectively. Remember, we ‘vote’ with every food dollar we spend for what we will accept, and won’t, to nourish us. We have the power so choose wisely !
Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds
By WILLIAM NEUMAN and ANDREW POLLACK
Published: May 3, 2010 NY TIMES
DYERSBURG, Tenn. — For 15 years, Eddie Anderson, a farmer, has been a strict adherent of no-till agriculture, an environmentally friendly technique that all but eliminates plowing to curb erosion and the harmful runoff of fertilizers and pesticides.
But not this year.
On a recent afternoon here, Mr. Anderson watched as tractors crisscrossed a rolling field — plowing and mixing herbicides into the soil to kill weeds where soybeans will soon be planted.
Just as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous use of the weedkiller Roundup has led to the rapid growth of tenacious new superweeds.
To fight them, Mr. Anderson and farmers throughout the East, Midwest and South are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like regular plowing.