How GMOs forced farmers onto a soil-ruining herbicide treadmill

How GMOs forced farmers onto a soil-ruining herbicide treadmill

Chuck Benbrook, program leader for Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, is one of the United State’s premier researchers on how genetic engineering impacts pesticide use. Here, we pick his brain about GMOs, and hear his advice for sustainable farming into the future.

newhope360: Why were you skeptical about whether genetically engineered (GE) technology would reduce pesticide use?

Chuck Benbrook: In the mid-nineties, anyone studying weed control in corn, soybeans, and cotton was aware that herbicides widely used by farmers were applied at low rates. Some of them were applied at around one-tenth of a pound per acre, but many at one-hundredth of a pound per acre or less. Glyphosate displaced these herbicides a

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