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USA: HERBICIDE-RESISTANT WEEDS TROUBLE MIDWESTERN FARMS

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SUMMARY: "Midwestern farmers are increasingly running into aggressive varieties of weeds that can’t be killed by a popular herbicide that revolutionized modern farming nearly two decades ago."

Midwestern farmers are increasingly running into aggressive varieties of weeds that can’t be killed by a popular herbicide that revolutionized modern farming nearly two decades ago.

TOXIN-RESISTANT CORN PEST THWARTS GE EFFORTS

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SUMMARY: "In a case of evolution outfoxing agricultural biotechnology, a voracious rootworm that was supposed to be poisoned by genetically-modified corn has become resistant to the toxins produced by the plant."

In a case of evolution outfoxing agricultural biotechnology, a voracious rootworm that was supposed to be poisoned by genetically-modified corn has become resistant to the toxins produced by the plant.

Roundup damages sperm – new study

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A new study in rats found that Roundup altered testicular function after only 8 days of exposure at a concentration of only 0.5%, similar to levels found in water after agricultural spraying, writes Claire Robinson.

The study found no difference in sperm concentration, viability and mobility, but there was an increase in abnormal sperm formation measured 2, 3, and 4 months after this short exposure.

Glyphosate herbicide decreases seedling quality and yield in Roundup Ready soybeans

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A new farm study by Brazilian researchers shows that glyphosate herbicide applications increased infection with the pathogenic fungus that causes leaf blight and may decrease the yield of GM Roundup Ready soybeans.

Also the percentage of normal seedlings decreased with increased applications of glyphosate.

Monarch butterfly decline linked to spread of GM crops

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Milkweed essential to monarchs in decline because of herbicides used with genetically modified crops

A new study confirms that the spread of GM herbicide-tolerant crops in the US is indirectly killing the monarch butterfly by destroying its food plant - milkweeds.

The lead researcher on the study suggests planting milkweeds on roadsides to replace those lost in fields growing GM crops. It's a great idea - but seemingly no one dares to address the problem at the root and suggest phasing out GM herbicide-tolerant crops.

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