For Monsanto the Incas are a curse. In the United States, farmers have had to abandon five thousand hectares of transgenic soybeans and another fifty thousand are seriously threatened by the presence of amaranth, the sacred fruit of the Incas that combats transgenic crops.
In 2004, an Atlanta farmer found that some amaranth shoots (kiwicha in Peru) were resistant to the powerful herbicide Roundup. Fields targeted by this invasive "weed" had been planted with Roundup Ready grains, which contain a seed that has been given a gene for resistance to the herbicide.
Since then the situation has worsened and the phenomenon has spread to South and North Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri. According to a group of British scientists from the Center for Ecology and Hydrology, there has been a gene transfer between the genetically modified plant and some undesirable herbs for the market, such as amaranth.
This finding contradicts the claims of the advocates of genetically modified organisms (GMOs): a hybridization between a genetically modified plant and a non-modified plant is simply “impossible”.
According to British geneticist Brian Johnson, “a single cross made from among several million possibilities is enough. Once created, the new plant has a huge selective advantage and multiplies rapidly. The powerful herbicide used here, Roundup, based on glyphosate and ammonia, has put enormous pressure on the plants, which have further increased the speed of adaptation. " Thus, apparently a gene for resistance to pesticides has given birth to a hybrid plant that arose from a leap between the grain that it is supposed to protect and the humble amaranth, which becomes impossible to eliminate.
The only solution is to pull out the weeds by hand, as was done before, but this is no longer possible given the enormous dimensions of the soybean crops. In addition, being deeply rooted, these herbs are very difficult to uproot so that the lands were simply abandoned, or at least that is what American experts advise who prefer to damage other areas than to have to change crops.
Amaranth or kiwicha, now considered a "diabolical" plant for genetic agriculture, is a sacred plant for the Incas. It belongs to the oldest foods in the world. Each plant produces an average of 12,000 grains per year and the leaves, richer in protein than soybeans, contain vitamins A and C, and mineral salts.
Signs of nature, amaranth neutralizes transgenic soybeans and pesticides, and at the same time shows us a plant that could feed humanity in case of hunger. It withstands most climates, both dry regions such as monsoon areas and tropical highlands, and it has no problems with insects or diseases so you will never need chemicals.