24 March, 2013
From Landline – ABC: Read the full transcript and watch the footage.
Presented by Chris Clark.
CHRIS CLARK, REPORTER: Every year when farmers harvest their grain crops, they leave behind seeds from the few weeds their herbicides didn’t kill.
The number of herbicide-resistant survivors gradually builds up and there are now parts of the Australian grain belt where resistance to glyphosate, best known in the commercial herbicide Roundup, is seriously affecting production.
PROFESSOR STEPHEN POWLES, UNIVESITY OF WA: Something like glyphosate is as precious to Australian and global food production as penicillin is to human health – and as rare a discovery.Leave a comment Continue reading