Etymology of “weed”
Tim Boucher

Who benefits in the fight against weeds?

Found this yesterday: the Canadian Weed Science Society:

Their list of sponsors is such an eye-opener that I had to share:

Dow, Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto, BASF, Dupont. The so-called “Big Six” chemical pesticide companies.

If we were to somehow map the rise of chemical agriculture to the usage spike of the word “weed” we see described by Google (link above) around 1950, I wonder if we would see a correlation?