About the Petition
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.