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Re: Round up resistant plants


I'm trying to catch up on all the 900 messages from the last 2 weeks  (Happy
Birthday, Gene - sounds like it was a wonderful day!!!)... forgive me if
what I post has already been said.

The scary thing to me about this is it means wider and wider user of massive
amounts of glyphosate as a weeding method, not just a clearing method, and
the associated destruction of everything it touches that hasn't been
genetically engineered to be resistant.  Probably is already common and I'm
just not aware, but this really seems like a bad thing for genetic diversity
and on-going survival of non-cultivated plant life.

Anybody else see that CBS has censored the moveon.org winning commercial -
they can buy the time slot during the superbowl but cbs won't air the
commercial.

Libby
Maryland zone 6



----- Original Message ----- 
From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2004 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Round up resistant plants


> Article:
> Are Roundup-ready ornamentals in our future? Cotton and soybean varieties
> genetically engineered for resistance to glyphosate (Roundup herbicide)
> have become row-crop industry norms. However, the nursery/landscape
> industries have been slower to incorporate such technology into turf and
> ornamentals. This is changing, as Monsanto and Scotts Co. have filed a
> petition to approve a creeping bentgrass genetically engineered to resist
> Roundup damage. If this plant is approved, and becomes accepted by the
> public, one could only guess that genetically engineered ornamentals would
> follow.
> http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/news/2004/01/bentgras_brs.html
>
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