DYERSBURG, Tenn. – For 15 years, Eddie Anderson, a farmer, has been a strict adherent of no-till agriculture, an environmentally friendly technique that all but eliminates plowing in order to curb erosion and the harmful runoff of fertilizers and pesticides.
Not this year.
On a recent afternoon, Anderson watched as tractors crisscrossed a rolling field – plowing and mixing herbicides into the soil to kill weeds where soybeans will soon be planted.
ust as the heavy use of antibiotics contributed to the rise of drug-resistant supergerms, American farmers’ near-ubiquitous use of the weedkiller Roundup has led to the rapid growth of tenacious new superweeds.
To fight them, Anderson and farmers throughout the East, Midwest and South are being forced to spray fields with more toxic herbicides, pull weeds by hand and return to more labor-intensive methods like regular plowing.
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