There currently 2 major categories of GE (genetically engineered) seeds that account for 99% of all acreage dedicated to GE crops in the US:
- Those engineered to withstand high amounts of herbicide, such as Monsanto’s (NYSE:MON)Roundup-Ready varieties
- Those engineered to produce their own internal insecticide (so-called Bt crops)
The results are now much to visable to ignore.
Weed resistance has been documented on 60-M acres on farms across the US, and Bt resistant rootworm is being reported in the US and Brazil.
As GE seeds became the norm, chemical resistance emerged. As a result, farmers have been applying increasingly higher amounts of pesticides in an effort to keep up with rising resistance.
The United States now uses about 1.1-B lbs of pesticides each year, and growing research links pesticides to a number of serious health problems. What we need is not a new breed of chemical-resistant crops.
Instead of taking a proactive approach to save the environment and human life, the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) recently decided to deregulate Dow Chemical’s (NYSE:DOW) next-generation GE crops.
These crops are not only resistant to glyphosate, but also carry resistance to toxins like 2,4-D, a component of Agent Orange, and Dicamba, which has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
The chemical 2,4-D and other herbicides of this class have also been linked to the following diseases;
- Immune system cancers
- Parkinson’s disease
- Endocrine disruption
- Reproductive problems
This was the final barrier standing between this new generation of GE crops and their widespread commercialization.
According to the EPA: “The agency’s decision reflects a large body of science and an understanding of the risk of pesticides to human health and the environment… EPA scientists used highly conservative and protective assumptions to evaluate human health and ecological risks for the new uses of 2,4-D in Enlist Duo.