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Why Monsanto didn't expect Roundup-resistant weeds

jenningsthecat (1525947) writes | more than 2 years ago

Biotech 2

jenningsthecat (1525947) writes "From NPR comes the story of how Monsanto thought Roundup was "a herbicide with low risk for weed resistance." The explanation seems to pretty much boil down to "we had a hell of a time creating Roundup-resistant crops, so we figured Mother Nature had little or no chance".

In the face of Monsanto's hubris, Mother Nature went ahead and made 20 strains of weeds, (so far), tolerant to glyphosate. Good for her!"

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Seems common sense they'd eventually fail (1)

seamusbleu (1377187) | more than 2 years ago | (#39331953)

One company had a difficult time engineering the roundup resistance, so they thought it must be darn near impossible to defeat. Billions and billions of natural "factories" did their best to defeat roundup. Haven't we seen this already with antibiotics?

Why Monsanto didn't expect Roundup-resistant weeds (1)

unitron (5733) | more than 2 years ago | (#39334527)

Why Monsanto didn't expect Roundup-resistant weeds?

Because they're arrogant idiots who don't understand evolution, and apparently didn't learn the lesson taught by the explosion of antibiotic resistant organisms.

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