Commentary: Concerned Scientists blasting Enlist

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) organization was quick to react to Dow AgroSciences announcement that the Enlist Weed Control System had completed another Department of Agriculture step toward having herbicide and seed available for use by farmers of the nation.

The UCS sent out its “heads up” warning to media immediately following Dow’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Agriculture released its draft environmental impact statement of experimental corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered by Dow Agrosciences “to tolerate application of the weed killer 2,4-D and other herbicides.”

As known by everyone in the agricultural industry, UCS reported that Dow “put these new seeds forward for regulatory approval because of the spread of weeds that have grown resistant to another herbicide—Monsanto’s Roundup.”

It is definitely a planned approach to use Monsanto’s name in the UCS news because of the hatred toward anything associated with Monsanto by environmental activists. The weeds, which the UCS calls “superweeds,” actually have resistance is to all glyphosate herbicides.

The UCS contends it has put together its own report/brief that says “USDA approval of additional herbicide-tolerant crops would only make the problem worse.” The UCS is against herbicide-tolerant crops and herbicide combinations of any type, not just because of 2,4-D potentially being used more than in recent years.

UCS is trying to drum up interviews with its senior scientist—who co-authored the brief—especially interviews with the consumer/general media reporters. 

The UCS spokesman scientist said, “As many weed scientists have noted, approval of these crops will only exacerbate resistant weed problems, as overuse of the associated herbicides will lead to a new round of resistant weeds. Some will be likely become resistant to all of the most effective remaining herbicides. And because there are no new herbicides in the development pipeline, farmers could soon have no good chemical options for weed control. So approval of these crops will only throw fuel on the fire. Fortunately, sustainable answers are available. Growing crops using ecological methods, such as cover crops, longer crop rotations, mulches and judicious tillage and herbicide use can control these weeds and provide high productivity, profit and environmental benefits.”

The non-agricultural media might run wild with sound bites like UCS is and will be issuing.  

Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...

Comments (0) Leave a comment 

e-Mail (required)


characters left

Tube Series (TS) Conveyors

USC’s Tube Series Conveyors combine the gentleness of the signature Seed Series with the traditional stability of a tube-style conveyor, ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form