Stories like his always make me think of how much we are screwing with Mother Nature and how much she fights back:
But farmers sprayed so much Roundup that weeds quickly evolved to survive it. “What we’re talking about here is Darwinian evolution in fast-forward,” Mike Owen, a weed scientist at Iowa State University, said.
Now, Roundup-resistant weeds like horseweed and giant ragweed are forcing farmers to go back to more expensive techniques that they had long ago abandoned.
I read stories like this and wonder if Monsanto, the company that created Round Up, didn’t have this in mind? They could make billions off their product and by the time the patents open up and competition starts forming, then the weeds will no longer be susceptible to the killer and Monsanto can create a new, more expensive weed killer.
In the end I don’t think Monsanto will win this war however. In my mind Mother Nature will go nuclear and kick Monsanto’s ass, perhaps with some Little Shop of Horrors style plants.