Backstory: Approved in 1994, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready soybean was designed to resist Monsanto’s popular glyphosate herbicide, Roundup. Approved in 2010, Pioneer Hi-Bred International’s genetically modified soybean has been engineered to be high in oleic acid (a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, also found in olive oil). Oleic acid is thought to raise levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol.
The Latest News: The first glyphosate-resistant weed was found in a Delaware soybean field in 2000. Known commonly as “superweeds,” they now number 10 species, including horseweed, pigweed and giant ragweed, and have spread to 22 states. In October 2010, Monsanto announced it would be offering herbicide rebates to farmers using their Roundup Ready soybeans.
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