Source: CropLife America

CropLife America (CLA) president and CEO Jay Vroom provided testimony on behalf of the agricultural community and crop protection industry during last week's Congressional Domestic Policy Subcommittee hearing, "Are 'Superweeds' an Outgrowth of USDA Biotech Policy?" The hearing, which is the second hearing on the evaluation of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) biotechnology regulatory policy, focused on genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant crops and the environmental impact of the evolution of herbicide-resistant weeds. Vroom spoke regarding the inevitability of weeds, insects and fungi adapting genetically to their environments. He stressed that growers frequently employ best management practices and that the crop protection market adjusts to help develop solutions.

"Weed adaptation has been happening as long as man has tried to grow crops and is not unique to the use of chemical control or adoption of biotech crops," said Vroom. "Under a regimen of physical control, weeds might become physically harder to distinguish or more difficult to remove. While 'superweeds' might be a catchy moniker, there is nothing particularly superlative about the weeds that have developed resistance to any particular herbicide."

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