They're far from ubiquitous and older neighborhoods are often grids without speed bumps. European cities are much older in general, so I would think there would be a mix too.
you also introduce a form of addiction where the farmer becomes dependent on the chemical. This addiction dooms the farmer to a form of indentured servitude and will eventually result in their exiting the market due to unsustainability.
Specifically talking about roundup ready corn and soybeans here, as that is what I have experience with (and is most of what we deal with here in the US...roundup ready wheat is not nearly as popular, at least in my area). In that context, your comment quoted above is not the case at all. Roundup has always been a cheap and effective way to kill plants, and the introduction of roundup ready crops simply provided another option that happened to be the more economical than most current herbicides and seed used. You basically have four factors:
-Cost of seed
-Cost of herbicide
-Yield of seed
-Effectiveness of herbicide
Combine all of those and you can estimate a profit. In most cases, roundup ready crops gave much better margins, despite having lower yields. Before roundup ready crops, seeds with better yields but more effective herbicides were generally used, and if Monsanto prices either of those too high, their competitors will swoop in and take their business with other herbicides and seed (they actually have done this in some ways already...better options are appearing).
Yes, Monsanto is really shitty about protecting its 'seed copyrights' and apparently does all sorts of other nefarious, especially overseas. And you are absolutely correct in that the environmental concerns are the primary factor. However, 'chemical saturation' is not the main environmental concern with GMO crops. Roundup itself is an old tried and tested chemical, and it breaks down quickly and does not appear to be an issue (though other herbicides may be). The problem I see is in the past ~20 years since the adoption of roundup ready crops, we've seen significant increases in the population of weeds that are immune to roundup, and even some that are definitely more resistant to it than they used to be. Another factor worth mentioning is that pollen from GMO crops is continually called into question with honey bee population decline (though I have no idea personally how big of a factor it is).
There is a big 'chemical saturation' issue that has come to light in recent years. Excessive use of fertilizer (processed or natural) is creating a lot of runoff that wreaks havok on lakes and rivers by feeding toxic algae blooms. But that can happen with any type of crop farming, including organic.
Another thought just popped into my head, and that might be that Netflix is trying to actively fracture their customer base to beat on their chest to the content providers that streaming or on demand content is the only means people will access media,
I'm inclined to think this may more actually be the case, based on some recent comments from their CEO. I think they are forcing people to choose, and banking on them choosing streaming, therefore forcing more content to streaming.
Not sure where you are getting off accusing games to be bundled with 'crap widgets' ('widgets', seriously?) Xfire was completely 3rd party. I can't think of any games off the top of my head that came bundled with it, though I am sure there were a few. I used it once for like a week and got rid of it, I never used it, though I thought it was a pretty decent application.
I really can't think of any random crap 'widgets' other than Gamespy.../shudder. I'm, sure there are a few other random things I'm forgetting, but it's far from the deluge of crap that you are describing.
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