U.S. Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Holland and Sen. Gerald VanWoerkom, R-Norton
Shores, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee love the GMO movement for a
whole 10 jobs.
Bayer CropScience broke ground Friday morning on a $15 million expansion of
its facility at 1740 Whitehall to increase the production of its herbicide
Ignite. The expansion, expected to be completed by early 2009, will bring an
additional 10 jobs to the 44 already at the chemical plant.
Ignite is a reformulation of the company's Liberty product, which has been
produced in the Muskegon facility since 1997. Ignite is a higher concentrated
chemical that is used with Bayer's LibertyLink seed systems for cotton, corn
and, in the near future, soybeans, company officials said.
LibertyLink crops are genetically engineered to be tolerant of the Ignite
herbicide, so farmers can put Ignite on the LibertyLink fields to kill weeds
without affecting the crops.
In a message dated 8/23/2008 5:41:33 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
This is, of course, no surprise. When I
attended a national discussion among the various academic and state
departments of ag pre-2000 the only question was not if, but when. No
state or fed agency has had the strength to put real controls on the open
release of these agents. My comment to MDA commissioners in private
discussion was that GMO intrusion was going to make pesticides look like
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Sent: Saturday, August 16, 2008 12:41
Subject: [SPAM]E-M:/ Superweeds
Of course this is happening in
Iowa and Arkansas *not* in Michigan.
by Tom Philpott
Grist, 14 August 2008
a new GMO/herbicide solution to a problem created by an old one. [A
solution, that is, to a problem created by a
previous GMO/herbicide combination. GMO stands for "genetically
modified organism," i.e., an organism that has
undergone genetic engineering, which is a process far
different from traditional selective breeding or
I've written a couple of times about the rise of
"superweeds" in the
Southeast and mid-South.
In Arkansas, horseweed
and Palmer amaranth now choke fields planted
with Monsanto's Roundup
Ready cotton and soy -- engineered to
withstand heavy doses of Roundup,
Monsanto's broad-spectrum herbicide.
Fifteen years ago, horseweed and
amaranth weren't problem weeds.
Back in March, Arkansas Agricultural
Extension Service officials were
pushing farmers to supplement their
Roundup applications with doses of
Reflex, a broad-spectrum herbicide
made by Monsanto's rival, Syngenta.
Now the agribiz-friendly
extension service is hotly promoting the
wares of another Monsanto rival,
Bayer Crop Sciences, Delta Farm Press
reports [see next item]. Bayer's
Liberty Link soybeans, designed to
withstand doses of Bayer's
broad-spectrum herbicide Ignite, will be
available next year.
active ingredient in Ignite is glufosinate ammonium -- evidently
nasty stuff. Here is the International Pesticide
"At sub-lethal doses, glufosinate can have
significant, but not so
easily observable impacts. For example, a recent
study found that low
doses of glufosinate affected central nervous system
young rats ... The results suggested that exposure to even
of glufosinate in the infantile period in rats causes changes
kainic acid receptor in the brain.
According to PAN, the EPA
classifies glufosinate ammonium as
"persistent" and "mobile" -- meaning
it sticks around and moves easily
through soil and water."
"In one study, residues of glufosinate were found in
radishes, wheat and carrots planted 120 days after glufosinate
been applied. In sandy soils, which overlie many aquifers,
has been found to be highly persistent due to lack of
Its transport through the soil was also determined to be
unretarded." Glufosinate's metabolite, MPPA-3, has been
found to be
more persistent and more mobile than glufosinate
It's hard to see what good can come of this GMO/pesticide
unless, that is, you own shares in one of the very few
dominate the GMO/agrichemical
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