Monsanto was outed as having secretly funded academic studies warning against outlawing glyphosate (Roundup). But... do the studies have a valid point?
Of course the whole thing is unsavory- if researchers are trying to be independent, they should be transparent about their funding.
But... here's a quote from The Guardian's coverage (block letters added):
"Glyphosate weedkiller allows planting without ploughing, which helps stop carbon being released to the atmosphere. The ADAS research indicated a 25% INCREASE IN GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS – a rise of 12m TONNES A YEAR – IF GLYPHOSATE WAS BANNED."
We haven't checked the figures, but conceptually it's correct. Here in the US, close to 30% of farmland has gone no-tll, and another ~30% to conservation tillage- all enabled by Roundup.
So without Roundup- or a better way to control weeds - no-till (and regenerative agriculture) isn't really viable.
Click here to read the article in The Guardian.