by Christina Sarich, Natural Society:
In a pressing plea to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Beyond Pesticides is asking the agency to reject an emergency request by Texas cotton growers to use a controversial pesticide on genetically engineered cotton to control super weeds that are taking over their 3 million acres of fields.
Beyond Pesticides is a public interest group which represents a variety of environmental and organic farming interests. The agency bases its request on environmental and health hazards as well as a failed GMO crop system.
The super weeds are growing because the GM cotton crops have already gown resistant to previous chemicals sold by biotech companies, namely RoundUp, produced by Monsanto, with the main ingredient, glyphosate. Almost 90% of cotton growing in Texas now is genetically modified, and reliant (although a better word would be addicted) to GM chemicals.
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