Thanks to the lovely Rachel for sending me this link from Salon.com.
I post a fair bit about Monsanto and GM crops here, more recently the GM Sugar Beets that are Round Up ready and legalized thanks to a cooperative EPA with regard to allowing 1000 percent increase in the residue of the glyphosate in the beets.
Well, here's an interesting bit of news. It seems that glyphosate relies on rock phosphate for manufacture, as does the fertilizer industry. But rock phosphate is a non-renewable resource that is expected to run out in 40-50 years. The process is also extremely energy-intensive and pollution-intensive for creation, and becoming very expensive for farmers who rely on the herbicide as well as on the fertilizer inputs that the "Round Up-ready" GM crops rely on.
So, you have farmers locked into patented seeds that have to be purchased annually, that require expensive inputs and an expensive fertilizer that is eventually going to run out. Yet, Monsanto continues to crank out new Round Up-ready GM plants like nothing is wrong. Even Chinese manufacturers of the generic glyphosate are getting out of the business.
It's a system doomed to fail, and take a fair bit of the environment along with it from the pollution as well as cross-contamination of non-GM plants and the emergence of herbicide-resistant weeds. Of course, Monsanto won't have to pay for the environmental damage. That's for us to take care of.
So, why are we in the U.S. still in the business to the tune of a 700 percent increase in stock value for Monsanto? Why is Monsanto's GM seed business seeking global domination for a short-term gain and risky future?
The only bright spot is that the intensive inputs that fuel these misguided practices of industrial agriculture are on borrowed time, much like our fossil fuel dependency. But then, Monsanto has a few decades to come up with something just as destructive and plenty of capital post-corn ethanol madness. Then again, we could get sane and go back to sustainable methods.
Now, that's just crazy talk.