Daily Archives: November 15, 2009

Monsanto’s Big Lie Exposed

Rapid growth of GE corn and soybeans in USRoundup Ready Soybeans Use 2-5 Times More Herbicides Than Non-GE Varieties

From NelsonFarm.net

by Dr. Charles Benbrook

For those unfamiliar with the basics of soybean herbicides and the impacts of GMO/RR (Roundup Ready) soybeans on use rates, the simple facts are these.

In the early to mid-1980s, most soybean herbicides were applied in combinations, and at a combined rate between 0.75 to 1.5 pounds per acre. These are sometimes today called the “traditional” soybean herbicides or weed management systems (see below).

By the mid- to late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, the pesticide industry developed and marketed dozens of new, low-dose soybean herbicides in the imidazolinone and sulfonylurea classes. These products are applied typically in the 0.05 pounds active ingredient per acre to 0.2 pounds per acre range. Often, two active ingredients are required, resulting in total per acre application rates of 0.1 to 0.3 pounds per acre.

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Monsanto, don’t even think of messing with this.

CamelinaBy April Reeves

Farmers may have a cash crop for fuels with big yields and good ROI with Camelina.

Camelina, known as wildflax or ‘gold of pleasure’ is getting more than just attention from producers of Biojet fuels.

As far as I can find, it has not been genetically engineered yet, so Monsanto, hands off this little gem. Leave the farmers alone to work their crops and fields the way they use to.

The way the majority of them want to.

The way we consumers want them to.

The low-input, high oil content feedstock, which can be grown in rotation with wheat in a substitute for the fallow period, continues to gain traction as a renewable fuel, and joins algae, jatropha, and salicornia as the renewable jet fuel feedstocks of choice. The lifecycle analysis was conducted for UOP, which manufactures drop-in jet fuel (1).

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