Crops genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) to resist Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup (glyphosate) aren’t the only GM crops designed to be grown with weedkiller. GRAIN tells us about a new such crop. It’s a soya (soybean, Glycine max) designed to be grown with a weedkiller called 2,4-D. The chemical and biotech giant Dow sells 2,4-D in several weedkillers, including one called Frontline.
The new crop, not yet licensed for release, is made by Dow. It doesn’t seem to have a brand name yet, being called by the not-catchy name ‘event DAS-44406-6’. For now I’ll call it Frontline Soya.
[Edit] There’s irony, intentional or not, in the warlike name of the weedkiller Frontline. 2,4-D was an ingredient in Agent Orange. That was sprayed on vegetation and trees during the Vietnam War and some people’s health is still affected by it.