Dow Chemical, the company that brought us Dursban, Napalm, and Agent Orange, is now in the food business. They are pushing for an unprecedented government approval of genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybeans designed to survive repeated dousing with a chemical called 2,4-D.
2,4-D was half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange which was used by the U.S. military as a defoliant in Vietnam. It caused lasting environmental damage as well as many serious medical conditions in both American veterans and Vietnamese children.
Wide scale use of Roundup™ with Roundup Ready™ GE crops has led weeds to evolve resistance to the herbicide, leading farmers to use older and more toxic chemicals to kill the resistant weeds. The next step in the chemical arms race is 2,4-D — a chemical linked to major health problems including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. EPA has also reported that 2,4-D is the seventh largest U.S. source of dioxins—often referred to as the most toxic substance known to science.
Dow's "Agent Orange" corn will trigger a large increase in 2,4-D use--and our exposure to this toxic herbicide.
USDA just announced a 45-day comment period on these risky crops. Tell the government to say NO to Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops.
To: U.S. Department of Agriculture
I oppose the approval of Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) “Agent Orange” corn and soybeans designed to survive repeated spraying of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange.
2,4-D has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. If that wasn’t enough, industry tests also show that 2,4-D is contaminated with dioxins—often referred to as the most toxic substance known to science. In fact, EPA has reported that 2,4-D is the seventh largest source of dioxins in the U.S. More 2,4-D use will lead to more dioxins in the environment.
Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops represent yet another escalation in a chemical arms race that will only result in larger numbers of ever-more-toxic chemicals being dumped on our farms and communities, and into our food supply, leading to higher production costs, increased sickness, and greater harm to the environment. I urge you to reject 2,4-D resistant GE corn and soybeans.
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