GENTECH archive 8.96-97
- To: Purefood@aol.com
- Subject: Re: Monsanto
- From: Jon Buckingham <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 5 Feb 1997 12:19:49 GMT
- Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- In-Reply-To: Purefood@aol.com's message of Mon, 3 Feb 1997 07:18:25 -0500 (EST) <email@example.com>
Does anybody offer any criticism of this article?
Specifically, are any of the facts quoted below incorrect?
Is it genuine, or classic "greenwash"?
I would appreciate any critique, since the article casts a *very*
favourable light on genetically engineered crops.
> Forwarded message:
> Subj: Monsanto
> Date: 97-02-02 20:07:15 EST
> From: LILLISTON
> To: Purefood
> Biotechnology in Monsanto's genes
> By Sharman Stein
> Tribune Staff Writer
> The soybeans are engineered to withstand the spraying of Monsanto's powerful
> Roundup herbicide--the weeds die but the plants thrive. Before, farmers had
> to use several herbicides to kill the weeds, both before and during the
> planting season.
> In both cases, growers sprayed far less insecticide (many did not have to
> spray at all) and reported yield improvements and cost savings.
> Wentworth, who farms about 2,000 acres of corn and soybeans in Downs, Ill.,
> just southwest of Bloomington-Normal, planted the Roundup Ready soybeans last
> year. The yield was at least as good, he said, and in some instances better
> than other soybeans. And he spent half as much for weed-killing chemicals.
This is a direct contadiction of much of what I have read: so far
predictions have been that *more* Roundup herbicide will be used. Is
there a deliberate play of word games in the use of "insecticide" and
Any facts from anyone regarding whether less or more herbicide will be
> In the rice fields of Indonesia, he said, the use of Roundup to kill weeds
> efficiently means that farmers spend less time, and can plant two crops in
> the same time they previously planted one.
> ``They don't have to flood the fields, or work with oxen, just to get rid of
> the weeds,'' Donald said. ``This is transforming the way food is produced;
> it's much more than killing some weeds.''
Is this the only reasons rice paddies are flooded?
Presumably the "working with oxen" won't change unless those gene
splicing bio-boffins have designed rice to harvest itself!
Thanks in advance,