Genetically-modified (GM) herbicide resistant crops have been grown commercially since 1995, mostly in North and South America. Cultivating herbicide resistant crops promotes, and significantly increases, herbicide use, forcing farmers onto a chemical treadmill – with ever increasing quantities of herbicides necessary to maintain their crops.
This model of farming is unsustainable and devastating for the environment and farmers. Profits from the sale of herbicide resistant crops benefit large chemical-manufacturers and agribusinesses, at the expense of farmers, who suffer greater cultivation costs and more dangerous working environments. This model significantly increases pollution and health risks for consumers, and contributes to the loss of biodiversity.