Environmental Protection Agency’s public comment period on the approval
of the use of toxic 2,4-D specifically for Dow’s GE corn and soybeans
has closed to the public, and over 500,000 people around the country
wrote to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) telling it not to
approve the use of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D specifically for Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) corn.
In response, Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chellie Pingree
(D-ME) have written a Congressional sign-on letter urging the EPA and
USDA to deny approval of 2,4-D crops and this new version of Dow’s 2,4-D
herbicide, and they are circulating the letter to Congress for signers.
Ask your Representative to sign!
EPA is timing their approval process with that of USDA, with both
agencies proposing approval of the Dow Agent Orange, GE crop system.
Dow Chemical, the same company that brought us Dursban, Napalm, and
Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for an
unprecedented government approval: genetically engineered (GE) versions
of corn, soybeans and cotton that are designed to survive repeated
dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent
Agent Orange was the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. in Vietnam, and
it caused lasting environmental damage as well as many serious medical
conditions in both American veterans and the Vietnamese.
Wide scale use of Roundup with Roundup Ready GE crops has already led to an epidemic of resistant weeds, and 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. Industry tests show that 2,4-D is contaminated with dioxins—often referred to as the most toxic substances known to science.
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