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Roundup Potential Cause of Fungal Root Disease

Reuters is reporting that a 15-year study of Monsanto’s Roundup is linking the herbicide to fungal root disease. According to Bob Kremer, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup that impacts the root structure of plants, could be causing fungal root disease.

As more farmers turn to Roundup Ready corn, soy, and other crops, more glyphosate is being applied to agricultural fields across the world. Already, weed resistance has developed in a number of U.S. states, leading to the application of more glyphosate, in combinations with other pesticides. Ironically, one of the arguments for genetically-modified food was that there would be a decreased need for pesticides.

This latest development could put a hole in another of Monsanto’s arguments for its bio-engineered seed. Kremer says the root fungal disease could potentially decrease crop yield. Monsanto has long held that its bio-crops would feed the ever-growing population of the world. The implication of decreased crop yield, increased pesticide use, and the development of super-weeds is that the world’s food supply may actually shrink as a result of genetically-modified farming practices.

Read the Reuters article: http://af.reuters.com/article/commoditiesNews/idAFN1E77B0SV20110812?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

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