, the massive biotech
company everybody loves
, once again proved themselves unworthy of existence
with their line of RoundUp-Ready crop products.
Roundup is (or was) an almost universal herbicide that is actually environmentally friendly. It was one of our most guilt-free chemical tools for plant management. Like penecillin for plants instead of bacteria.
Enter Monsanto with a bright idea. "Why not develop corn that's resistant to RoundUp? Then instead of having to get up close and personal, nuking each weed individually, you can just spray the whole damn field with RoundUp, and everything but the corn will die!"
Good one, Einstein. Only one problem. Did you know that, like bacteria, plants can share genetic information with one another, even between different species? Wow, what do you think will happen now? Will the gene for RoundUp resistance escape into the weed population, spreading out of control, until the only really useful and environmentally friendly herbicide we have is as useless as penecillin is today?