Garden of Weedin’

2

Triball here, with FrogTV. This week Diego and I discovered a new menace lurking in our garden. Looks like it could be right off the set of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Coming soon…to a field near you. Maybe your backyard.

Introducing the “Mutant Superweed,” a new breed of plant that grows and grows and can’t be stopped by chemical pesticides.

Is this a freak of nature or a lab experiment gone awry? Actually, it’s a little of both. Certain chemical companies have used genetic engineering—splicing DNA from one organism into another—to create food crops that are resistant to herbicides. This allows farmers to plant a field of, for example, Roundup Ready® Corn, and douse it repeatedly in herbicides, leaving the corn growing and the field weed-free—almost.

But Nature has a way of throwing a few curveballs—it’s how creatures adapt and survive new conditions over generations. A random mutation causes a weed here and there to withstand herbicides, too. Over several seasons of repeated heavy chemical applications, these survivor weeds breed and thrive. Voila, Nature’s own Roundup Ready crop!

And now it looks like they’re taking over.

Crazy things are happening in our world. Know where your tadpoles swim.

 

In the News:

Farmers Cope With Roundup-Resistant Weeds

The Rise of the Super Weed Around the World

 

What to do, oh what to do? Sure, the problems can seem so big that it feels like there’s nothing we can do. But if a little three-eyed frog can stand up to make a difference, then so can you. Go here to find some simple things you can do to spread the word.

 

rootstock.coop
Trending Videos
Briahna Joy Gray Examines the Role of Race and Authoritarianism in Police Violence
19 min - Briahna Joy Gray on what's getting lost with all the Critical Race Theory debates, how framing police violence only as racist detracts from the larger authoritarian critique, and how Republicans...
The Truth About Corporate Subsidies | Robert Reich
5 min - Who else is sick of our government subsidizing the health care industry when millions can’t afford insurance, subsidizing Big Oil while they destroy the planet, and bailing out Wall Street when...
Reconsidering Reparations | Olufemi O. Taiwo
60 min - Reparations for slavery have become a reinvigorated topic for public debate over the last decade. Most theorizing about reparations treats it as a social justice project—either rooted in...
Before You Have Sex, Watch This
4 min - Some people claim THIS is better than sex. Do You Agree? - Prince Ea
On Demand Films Now Streaming For Free
Inspiring Short Films
Beyond Elections: Redefining Democracy and the Promise of a Million Utopias
Recommended

Films For Action hosts a subscription service that currently offers 55 highly-curated, solutions-oriented films to Patron subscribers donating $5 per month. 

Subscribe here. Your support helps grow our 5000+ video library, which is 99% free and contains no ads thanks to our patrons.

Cancel any time via your settings page.

 

How to Use and Contribute to this Library

  • Use the Explore menu to filter content by type and topic. Selections stack, so you can view Film Types about Specific Topics.

  • Submit videos directly to our library! Just sign up and click +Add Video at the top of the site and paste the video URL to get started. 

  • Create an account to save videos and articles for later and rate content for others

  • Filmmakers: Interested in our TVOD or SVOD services? Films For Action is one of the best homes for paradigm-shifting documentaries.

  • Contact us if you have a site or film suggestion, question, want to volunteer, or you're a filmmaker looking to collaborate. 

    Let's be the media!