BREAKING EPA to Approve Dow's New GMOs Crops - Take a Stand! A copy of this petition will be delivered to the White House: Docket No.
EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195-0427 Dear President Obama, I urge you to step in and stop Dow Chemical’s 2,4-D resistant genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybeans, and the toxic herbicide mixture they rely on, Enlist Duo. USDA approved these risky crops last month despite half a million public comments, letters from scientists and health care professionals, and even a letter from 60 members of Congress in opposition. Stop New GMO ‘Agent Orange’ Crops! Bees Don’t Like Agent Orange Crops, Either.
The dirt on the “Agent Orange” GMOs you’ve been hearing so much about. On Friday, the USDA recommended the approval of new, herbicide-resistant, genetically engineered corn and soybeans.
A lot of the journalism covering this news focused on concerns that it would be an environmental catastrophe, and dwelled on the ominous-sounding fact that the herbicide in question, 2,4-D, was an ingredient in the Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange. Here’s what you should know about this news: What really happened? Not that much actually. The USDA just put out an initial draft of its environmental impact statement on the corn and soybeans, which are engineered by Dow AgroSciences and branded under the name Enlist. So, environmental catastrophe? It’s more like a tradeoff. Is this going to lead to more herbicide-resistant weeds? The Dirt on 'Agent Orange' GMOs. Chemical Time Bomb - Four Corners. In the 1980s and 1990s governments across Australia outlawed the use of the herbicide 245T.
The ban was introduced for one very good reason - 245T contains dioxin, a chemical impurity with the potential to seriously harm people who are exposed to it. Four Corners reveals evidence that this potentially deadly chemical compound may still be present in weed control products and that authorities do not routinely test for it. The program also reveals that this hands-off approach to regulation is entirely in keeping with the way governments have dealt with the lethal chemical dioxin over four decades.
Weeds are a scourge on country life, costing landowners up to $4 billion a year. In the 1960s and 70s the solution used in weed eradication often involved the spraying of herbicides 245T and 24D. Four Corners reveals the full extent of the problems caused by the chemicals. 'CHEMICAL TIME BOMB' - Monday 22 July 2013 KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: It was one of the most toxic weed killers ever used. Agent Orange. Legacy of Death and Deformity. Sign the Petition to Tom Vilsack, Secretary, United States Department of Agriculture · Stop New GMO ‘Agent Orange’ Crops!
Remember Agent Orange?
The 2,4-D chemical concoction commissioned by the U.S. Army to defoliate jungles and destroy food crops during the Vietnam War? U.S. corn and soybean farmers could soon be using more of this toxic herbicide than ever before. Tell the USDA: Don’t Approve New GMO ‘Agent Orange’ Crops! Remember Agent Orange?
The 2,4-D chemical concoction commissioned by the U.S. Army to defoliate jungles and destroy food crops during the Vietnam War? U.S. corn and soybean farmers could soon be using more of this toxic herbicide than ever before. Unless we convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put the brakes on plans to approve Dow AgroSciences’ new “Enlist” brand corn and soy—GMO crops designed to resist massive doses of 2,4-D herbicide. Please sign our petition (below) to the USDA asking them to reject “Agent Orange” crops!
A large body of evidence indicates major health problems result from exposure to 2,4-D, including cancer, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity and auto-immune disorders. Still, the agency signaled (on January 3, 2014), in the release of its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), that it favors approving the new GMO crops. Most corn and soy grown in the U.S. is already genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s Roundup. Tell the USDA to Keep Agent GMOs Off Your Plate. A copy of this petition will be delivered to Secretary Vilsack: Dear Secretary Vilsack, I am writing to urge you to reject the approval of Dow’s genetically engineered corn and soybeans, designed to survive repeated spraying of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D, a major component of Agent Orange, the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. military in Vietnam.
The scientific community has sounded alarms about the dangers of 2,4-D for decades. Numerous studies link 2,4-D exposure to major health problems such as cancer, lowered sperm counts, liver toxicity, Parkinson’s disease and birth anomalies in the children of pesticide applicators. Industry and independent scientific tests show that 2,4-D is still contaminated with dioxins.