Archive for May 4th, 2010

New Breed of Herbicide-Resistant Superweed Detected

Farmers in the United States are dealing with a new kind of danger: A new type of herbicide-resistant superweeds have spawned. Much like how heavy usage of antibiotics created strains of drug-resistant germs and bacteria, the continuous use of glyphosate, a type of weedkiller, has caused the creation of weeds that are immune to the poison. Glyphosate, usually sold under the brand name Roundup, has been used by farmers for over 20 years. Genetically-modified crops are immune to this wee…