45904US Government might deregulate corn, soybean seeds for 2,4-D
- Jan 4, 2014
US Government might deregulate corn, soybean seeds.
The government proposed eliminating restrictions on the use of corn and soybean seeds that are genetically engineered to resist a common weed killer, 2,4-D, a move welcomed by farmers but feared by scientists and environmentalists who worry it could invite the use of more chemicals.
The herbicide known as 2,4-D has had limited use in corn and soybean farming because it becomes toxic to the plants early in their growth. The new seeds would allow farmers to use the weed killer throughout the plants' lives.
Farmers have been eager for a new generation of herbicide-resistant seeds because of the prevalence of weeds that have become immune to Monsanto's Roundup. But skeptics are concerned that use of the new seeds and 2,4-D will only lead to similar problems as weeds acquire resistance to that chemical too....
Associated Press, philly.com