Posted by Robert DuBois | Jul 09, 2010
Heard of Glyphosate? Perhaps not.
Most home-owners know it as a simple spray that kills weeds in the yard, most farmers know it as an herbicide that kills weeds, allowing their crops to grow strong. It’s also known as Roundup, and it’s used on about 90 percent of soybean crops, and 70 percent of corn and cotton crops.
Over the last few years, Round Up’s efficacy has started to slip; for some, the herbicide is no longer working. So, what’s a farmer to do? One solution is to roll back to weed-killers that preceded glyphosate – in our current system, a debatably reasonable remedy – but let’s bring to the fore a crucial point that has lurked in the shadows of the Roundup conversation: the potential health and environmental implications of using these chemicals.
We caught up with Nick Swetye of the Green Triangle, a permaculture-based organization in Cleveland, about his view of Round Up, herbicide-resistant weeds, and the potential health and environmental implications of rolling back to older chemicals as a Roundup replacement.
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