Expect to see lots of this stuff blanketing the Midwest for a long time if Monsanto and Dow get their way. Rastoney/Flickr
During the late December media lull, the USDA didn't satisfy itself with green-lighting Monsanto's useless, PR-centric "drought-tolerant" corn. It also prepped the way for approving a product from MonSanto's rival Dow Agrosciences—one that industrial-scale corn farmers will likely find all too useful.
Dow has engineered a corn strain that withstands lashings of its Herbicide, 2,4-D. The company's pitch to farmers is simple: Your fields are becoming CHOKED with Weeds that have developed Resistance to Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide. As soon as the USDA okays our product, all your problems will be Solved.
At risk of sounding overly dramatic, the product seems to me to bring mainstream US agriculture to a Crossroads. If Dow's new corn makes it past the USDA and into farm fields…