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GMO crops so tough that farmers are turning to Kevlar tractor tires August 7, 2012

Posted by sandyclaus in Food Culture.
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So instead of tractor tires lasting the usual five to six years, they’re getting chewed up after just one or two years. One tractor tire can cost thousands of dollars, and some tractors have as many as eight tires.

How does a modern farmer fight back against a genetically modified enemy intent on destroying the very thing his business rides on? The same way our military defends against its enemies: Kevlar. While these augmented tractor tires can’t be cheap, they should at least outlast their thin-skinned counterparts.

The use of Kevlar in tires might seem extravagant, but in fact it’s very appropriate. The material was invented in 1964 by DuPont during its search for a strong, lightweight material for, you guessed it, tires.

via GMO crops so tough that farmers are turning to Kevlar tractor tires.

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