US farmers flood fields with dangerous poison to fight Monsanto superweeds

US farmers flood fields with dangerous poison to fight Monsanto superweeds

by Jon Rappoport

February 25, 2013

You’re a farmer. Season after season, you watch your fields being taken over by Monsanto superweeds, which are resistant to the herbicide Roundup.

What are you going to do? You’re locked in. You’re buying your GMO seeds from Monsanto, and the food crops that grow from those seeds are supposed to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup, so that’s what you spray on your crops.

But the weeds aren’t resistant. They spread and they grow taller. They’re taking over.

So you, along with many, many other US farmers, go to a strategy called “burndown,” which is just as bad as it sounds. You use something a lot stronger than Roundup to kill those weeds: Paraquat, for example, which has been banned in 32 countries.

You drench your fields with it in the fall. You kill anything growing. And you drench the fields again in the spring, before you plant. Then, just as you’re going to plant, you hit the fields a third time with the poison.

This is in addition to all the sprayings with Roundup, which is toxic, too.

Then you harvest the crops and you sell them. And consumers eat the food along with all the poison.

Tom Philpot, writing in Mother Jones (Feb.6), reports the alarming stats on the superweed takeover of US farmland. As of 2012, almost 50% of US farms had superweeds. In 2011, it was 34%. In Georgia, it’s now 92%.

The total acreage of US farmland with resistant superweeds jumped by 51% in 2012. In 2011, it was a 25% increase. That upward- percentage escalation is called a nightmare.

Well, so farmers are poisoning the hell out of their food and their fields. But with Monsanto’s super-duper GMO technology, the crop yields are still much bigger than they would be without the GMO seeds, right?

The Institute for Responsible Technology cites and quotes three reports on that score.

An International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science, and Technology for Development study, signed on to by 58 governments and 400 scientists, states that GMO crop production is “highly variable,” and in some cases it has “declined.”

The Union of Concerned Scientists’ 2009 report, “Failure to Yield,” emphatically stated: “Commercial GE [genetically engineered] crops have made no inroads so far into raising the intrinsic or potential yields of any crop.”

A US Dept. of Agriculture report: “GE crops available for commercial use do not increase the yield potential. In fact, yield may even decrease…”

Let’s summarize. Using Monsanto GMO technology to grow food crops results in massive poisoning of the farm land and the food. And increased crops yields are a fiction.

Nothing to see here, move along. Don’t worry, be happy. Stand back, technology at work. Progress is our most important product. Better living through chemistry. Ignorance is strength.

What would a president and his administration do to make sure the truth is overrun and squashed?

In addition to silencing the media, they would appoint a host of GMO insiders to key government posts, and they would bring to market as many new GMO crops as possible, to construct a fait accompli.

So let’s go to the scorecard and review the actions of Obama in his first term.

The new president filled key posts with Monsanto people, in federal agencies that wield tremendous force in food issues, the USDA and the FDA:

At the USDA, as the director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Roger Beachy, former director of the Monsanto Danforth Center.

As deputy commissioner of the FDA, the new food-safety-issues czar, the infamous Michael Taylor, former vice-president for public policy for Monsanto. Taylor had been instrumental in getting approval for Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone.

As commissioner of the USDA, Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack. Vilsack had set up a national group, the Governors’ Biotechnology Partnership, and had been given a Governor of the Year Award by the Biotechnology Industry Organization, whose members include Monsanto.

As the new Agriculture Trade Representative, who would push GMOs for export, Islam Siddiqui, a former Monsanto lobbyist.

As the new counsel for the USDA, Ramona Romero, who had been corporate counsel for another biotech giant, DuPont.

As the new head of the USAID, Rajiv Shah, who had preciously worked in key positions for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of GMO agriculture research.

We should also remember that Obama’s secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, once worked for the Rose law firm. That firm was counsel to Monsanto.

Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the US Supreme Court. Kagan, as federal solicitor general, had previously argued for Monsanto in the Monsanto v. Geertson seed case before the Supreme Court.

The deck was stacked. Obama hadn’t simply made honest mistakes. Obama hadn’t just failed to exercise proper oversight in selecting appointees. He wasn’t just experiencing a failure of short-term memory. He was staking out territory on behalf of Monsanto and other GMO corporate giants.

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And now let us look at what key Obama appointees have wrought for their true bosses. Let’s detail the extraordinary parade of GMO crops that have skated through the open door of the Obama presidency.

Monsanto GMO alfalfa.

Monsanto GMO sugar beets.

Monsanto GMO Bt soybean.

Coming soon: Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn.

Syngenta GMO corn for ethanol.

Syngenta GMO stacked corn.

Pioneer GMO soybean.

Syngenta GMO Bt cotton.

Bayer GMO cotton.

ATryn, an anti-clotting agent from the milk of transgenic goats.

A GMO papaya strain.

And perhaps, soon, genetically engineered salmon and apples.

That’s how you control and squash the truth.

Jon Rappoport

The author of an explosive collection, THE MATRIX REVEALED, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at

16 comments on “US farmers flood fields with dangerous poison to fight Monsanto superweeds

  1. C. Burkey says:

    This is disgusting.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tried to share this on facebook, but was blocked. That makes me angry.


    Thanks for trying to distribute the article onto FB.

    yes. See…

  3. Gina says:

    Jon, I’m confused. I can’t find any of this information on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC or Fox. The only thing close that I can find were smiley stories circa 2009 about Michelle Obama’s organic garden at the White House. Are you implying that the main stream media is witholding this information from us? If so, would that not be criminal, perhaps even treasonous? Please, unconfuse me! *end sarcasm here*

    I often wonder about the conversations these folks in the MSM will have many years from now with their kids and grandkids. Will they tell them the truth – that they were fully aware of the unending death and destruction their pay masters were doling out to the planet and its inhabitants, in full knowledge of the same, in fact not only doing nothing to stop it, but actually,. . . deep breath here . . ., serving as the fully willing and able propaganda mouthpieces for these crimes against humanity? Or will they lie right to their innocent little faces and go to their graves with these same lies? I suspect by this time, most of the planet will be uninhabitable, and many of their children and grandchildren will have diseases and deformities that our most brilliant horror flick film makers couldn’t dream of.

    I could never do it, not for all the money and power in the world. Don’t know how they’ll be able to make peace with themselves when those end times come.

    Oh, and by the way, are they really naive enough to believe that history won’t remember their MSM identities and personal names – you know, for the billions of other maimed, deformed, diseased and dead children that aren’t theirs, the ones that will want to know who was responsible …

  4. Anonymous says:

    Chicago coruption is rampart throughout this administration in all levels of govt. So, what else is new ? Without term limits you will never correct the problems that currently exist today !

  5. C. Koch says:

    Why is are government killing us with our food?! How much more are we going to take? Enough is enough!

  6. marbee says:

    Facebook will not let me post this due to a blocked link? What’s that about!


    Hi Marbee, thank you for trying to distribute the article onto FB.

    yes. See…

  7. Anonymous says:

    The controlling elite owns mainstream media. They only report what they want us to know … sorry what they want us to believe !

  8. JerseyCynic/Barb says:

    long read – kind of on topic


    thank you for posting this. I had no idea this was going on.

  9. budbromley says:

    Jon, have your seen this? Re: Farmers flood fields
    In January 2013, this August 2012 science paper is still THE most widely read scientific paper in this peer reviewed journal. The article by two British environmental scientists reviews the past 15 years of published literature on the agronomic and environmental effects of biotech [genetically modified] crops and finds: “Overall, the impact of GM crops has largely been agronomically and environmentally positive in both developed and developing world contexts. The often claimed negative impacts of GM crops have yet to materialize on large scales in the field.” They add, “The often claimed negative impacts of GM crops have yet to materialize on large scales in the field.” abstract is free here:

  10. budbromley says:

    “Genetic Roulette is Jeffrey Smith’s second self-published book in which he makes unsubstantiated claims against biotechnology. In it, he details 65 separate claims that the technology causes harm in a variety of ways. On these pages [at the link below] each of those claims – addressed in the same eight “sections” that correspond directly with the book – are stacked up against peer-reviewed science.”

  11. Diane says:

    You can post to facebook if you append this article to a different site, as the jonrappoport is blocked.

  12. D. Smith says:

    I would love to see someone with journalism skills find out what the people who own and work for monsanto are eating on a daily basis. I can almost guarantee you it isn’t boxed processed phake phoods. Also, would they let their kids or grandkids eat that kind of phood? I do believe you’d find a double standard. Same double standard you often find with pediatricians who don’t vaccinate their own kids or grandkids but they’ll gladly jab your relatives.

    What this world has today is a bunch of sicko’s in high places. And while the rest of us are trying to figure out how to restore some of the freedoms we’ve lost, we’re called terrorists and now have to worry about our own lives in our own country. What a disgraceful place america has become. This didn’t just start with monsanto etal, though – it started as far back as the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and has gotten progressively worse over time.

  13. God forbid the farmers do some actual work and you know… go pull the weeds.

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