Monday, July 14, 2014

Tell Your Member of Congress to Help Stop "Agent Orange" Crops
The 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 Orange.
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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