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Our food supply could soon face a new wave of chemicals if a current request before the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is approved.

The USDA is currently deciding whether to approve a type of corn that is genetically engineered to withstand 2,4-D, a potent herbicide that may be linked to major health problems including reproductive abnormalities, birth defects, and several forms of cancer.

Before the USDA makes a decision, they want to hear from people like you. But they're only accepting comments from the public for a short period of time.

Make sure the USDA understands your concerns about this new kind of genetically engineered corn!

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Docket No. APHIS–2010–0103 - USDA

USDA approval of Dow's GE corn will trigger a big increase in 2,4-D use -- and our exposure to this toxic herbicide. Yet the USDA has not analyzed the resulting impacts on public health, the environment, or neighboring farmers (2,4-D is prone to drift and cause damage to nearby crops).

Commercial approval of Dow's corn will trigger an increase in 2,4-D use, but the USDA has not conducted a meaningful review of the consequent harm to native ecosystems, crop injury from 2,4-D drifting onto neighboring fields, or the evolution of weeds resistant to 2,4-D. Despite its short half-life, 2,4-D is frequently detected in surface waters throughout the United States and in groundwater in five states and Canada. Even the existing uses of 2,4-D have been found likely to jeopardize protected species such as Pacific salmon, and likely to adversely affect the California red-legged frog and Alameda whipsnake. USDA's proposed unrestricted approval of 2,4-D corn would worsen these impacts, as well as place many other similar and endangered species at risk. Yet the agency has refused to account for these adverse impacts.

I urge the USDA to reject the genetically engineered 2,4-D resistant corn until the environmental and public health impacts are fully addressed.
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