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Help Stop Approval of Herbicide-Resistant GM Crops
100 million extra pounds of 2,4-D may be applied on crops engineered to resist a toxic ingredient of Agent Orange
8/21/2014By Craig Weatherby
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Image We urge you to sign the Center for Food Safety’s petition opposing USDA approval of Dow Chemical’s new, ill-conceived GM crops
 
The Environmental Protection Agency's comment deadline is September 8, so don't delay!
 
For suggested comments to submit on the EPA website, and a link to it, see our “Act to stop the madness” sidebar, below.
 
Digging the herbicide hole even deeper
As you may know, the most commonly planted GM crops in America are “Roundup Ready” corn and soy from Monsanto.
 
Those GM crops were created to allow farmers to apply a “safer” herbicide – glyphosate (Roundup) – to their fields without harming their crops.
 
Glyphosate (gly-foh-sate) is now the most heavily used herbicide in the U.S.
Act to stop the madness ... comment period ends Sept. 8
Last month, more than 500,000 Americans wrote to the EPA to oppose Dow's new GM crops. 
 
And 50 members of Congress sent a letter to USDA and EPA, urging the agencies to reject approval of these crops.  
 
We think they were right to reject this bad idea, and urge you to sign the Center for Food Safety’s petition opposing USDA approval of Dow’s ill-conceived Agent Orange GM crops.

(You'll get tools to multiply your impact by sharing this alert.)
 
Better yet, also submit comments on the EPA site ... we suggest wording along these lines:
 
When used as intended, Dow AgroSciences' herbicide-resistant Enlist seeds will put agricultural communities and the surrounding environment at risk of toxic exposure from drift and runoff.
 
2,4-D is associated with increased cancer risks and is a potent neurotoxin and hormone-disruptor.
 
Exposure to 2,4-D is also linked with increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, reduced sperm counts, and birth defects.
 
A large increase in 2,4-D use will pose risks to public health and the environment. Please deny any expanded use of 2, 4-D.
 
But weeds are already growing resistant to Roundup, and it may not be as safe as it first appeared to be.

The New York Times just reported on a virulent weed that’s fast growing resistant to Roundup … see “Invader Batters Rural America, Shrugging Off Herbicides”.


Dow Chemical’s crazy Agent Orange GM crops
Sadly, Dow Chemical has followed suit with its own herbicide-resistant GM crops … which await approval from the US government.

Dow’s proposed “Agent Orange” GM corn and soy crops have been genetically modified to resist 2,4-D … one of the herbicides in the defoliant Agent Orange, which the U.S. sprayed over large areas of Vietnam during that war. 

Agent Orange was linked to an estimated 400,000 deaths and 500,000 birth defects in Vietnam.

During this time, Rachel Carson denounced 2,4-D, noting that some people who sprayed it on their lawns developed severe neuritis or even paralysis.

Adding to the reasons not to spray far more of it, 2,4-D is linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems.
 
And the U.S. EPA says that 2,4-D is the seventh largest source of highly toxic dioxins in the U.S.

It’s estimated that more than 100 million additional pounds of 2,4-D will be applied to fields unless approval for Dow’s Agent Orange GM crops is denied.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and USDA appear poised to allow Dow to sell seeds for their GM corn and soybean crops … which will tolerate glyphosate and glufosinate as well as 2,4-D.

Dow claims that these GM corn and soy seeds offer a solution to resistant weeds … but wide scale use of Monsanto’s Roundup Ready GM crops has already led to an epidemic of resistant “super-weeds”.

Like Roundup Ready crops before it, crops resistant to 2,4-D are only a temporary solution that will result in more toxic chemicals contaminating our environment and food supply.
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