Glyphosate and Weeds"
It is not so much the resistant weed as the over spraying of a chemical that very likely is a carcinogen. You spray a field, it kills most of the weeds, but not all. Eventually you get a weed that does not die, so you spray more. Does it cause cancer? Even Monsanto is saying that "Probably does not mean yes" which sounds a lot like "Invest in Chemo now and save later".
Well, the history of escaped hybrids, mutants, and in these cases invasive species can be looked at broadly as devastating to local ecology. Look at what Coffee Rust has done in places it did not previously exist. What is happening to Bananas? Fire Ants, killer bees, Australia and Pigs/Rabbits/People. Pythons in the Everglades. An invasive species enters an ecosystem and out competes the local plants/wildlife and takes over.
Organic is not a religion, not even a life style choice, it is a business. A growing business. I prefer organic for one simple reason, fewer things are fed to the animals or sprayed on the crops. Note "Fewer". There are strict controls on the what is and is not allowed and in some countries that can be enforced. Back in the early 90's I became extremely ill after swimming in a pesticide polluted lake in FL near some orange farms, it was later shut down to toxicity. That stuff that made me ill, was sprayed on my food.
But on the business end you have someone who went through the cost and effort to get certified, and suddenly his/her field is contaminated by supposedly sterile GMO crops, orders can not be filled, contracts are missed, and insurance may or may not cover it.
Here is an example of the requirements for Organic milk, note #2 and #3. Now, if you have a child, and are old enough to remember us feeding cows...well other cows... doesn't that maybe strike a cord? Or how about being in a hospital within the last couple years. Antibiotic resistant bacteria, (look up cdiff)
- At least 30 percent of the food they eat must be grazed at pasture during a grazing season of at least 120 days;
- No antibiotics or growth hormones may be used;
- All feed must be organic, and
- No meat or poultry by-products can be in the feed.
As for the legal actions, I've not kept up, but this was the kind of harassment I remember. A bit dated, but I have no doubt still happening.