Roundup is a broad-spectrum herbicide utilized to kill weeds and grasses that are unattractive or damage crops. Its active ingredient is glyphosate. Monsanto discovered the potential use of glyphosate as an herbicide in 1970 and began marketing it in 1974. Since its introduction in the 1970s, the use of glyphosate-based herbicides has increased by 10,000% in terms of frequency and amount of application. Each year approximately 250 million pounds of glyphosate are sprayed on crops, commercial nurseries, lawns, driveways, sidewalks, parks, and golf courses. Much of this increase in use has been caused by the expansion of genetically modified (GMO) crops sold as Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” seeds, which crops are designed to resist the killing power of glyphosate products. Monsanto is the largest producer in the world of GMO seeds designed to be resistant to glyphosate products.
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