Organic Consumers Association

Deadline Midnight May 30: Tell the EPA: Use Your Power to Stop a New Onslaught of 2,4-D ‘Agent Orange’ Toxins!

 Dow’s 2,4-D. It’s similar in composition to Agent Orange, the Vietnam-era herbicide responsible for severe illnesses in people directly exposed to it, and also in their offspring and future generations. It’s a known cause of cancer in farmers who routinely use it on their crops.

Now, 2,4-D is about to be unleashed in greater strengths, in amounts estimated at more than 50 times what farmers are currently using.

Deadline Midnight May 30, 2014: Tell the EPA, Don’t Approve More Cancer-Causing Agent Orange Herbicide!
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signaled it will approve Dow’s new Enlist-brand corn and soy crops, genetically engineered to resist massive doses of 2,4-D. Even though the agency admits that if the new crops are approved, the annual use of 2,4-D would jump from 26 million pounds to 176 million pounds. 
Independent scientists predict the increase would be even more dramatic. 

But the USDA isn’t taking responsibility for paving the way for massive increases in the use of 2,4-D. Instead, the agency is passing the buck, claiming that it’s responsible only for approving the genetically engineered seeds, not the new formulation of 2,4-D herbicide that will be used on the crops. 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ultimately responsible for approving a massive increase in the use of 2,4-D, say the folks at the USDA.

Dow’s 2,4-D toxicity is already so well-documented that in April 2012, the National Resources Defense Council pressed the EPA for a ban. 

The “super weeds” spawned by Monsanto’s first-generation of herbicide-tolerant GMOs have already drastically increased the use of 2,4-D. In 2012, farmers used nearly four times as much 2-4, D as they did in 2005. 

It's time for the EPA to step in and do its job to protect farmers, consumers and the environment from the excessive use of dangerous pesticides.

Deadline Midnight May 30: Tell the EPA, Don’t Approve More Cancer-Causing Agent Orange Herbicide!
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19329 2 days ago Susan Mills CA
19328 6 days ago Carmine Coppola Beverly Hills, CA
19327 6 days ago Carol Laughlin Elizabeth city, NC
19326 1 week ago Susan Brown La Mesa, CA
19325 1 week ago MaryJane Rissberger Cohoes, NY
19324 1 week ago Wendy Schlette Wayne, NJ
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19322 1 week ago Lisa Metzler IA
19321 3 weeks ago Gina Delgadillo West chester, PA
19320 3 weeks ago Sarah Knauss Paducah, KY
19319 3 weeks ago Kirsten Jones Berlin, MD I can't believe the us government is still putting $, threats and bribes before it citizens and the environment!!! When the hell are you gonna learn you sellouts.... When it's too late
19318 3 weeks ago Sherri Hitchcock Denton, MD 2,4-D has been linked to 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...
19317 3 weeks ago Leanah Bouvier Grasonville, MD
19316 4 weeks ago Erika Antillon Santa Monica, CA Use Your Power to Stop a New Onslaught of 2,4-D ‘Agent Orange’ Toxins!
19315 4 weeks ago Brooke Bates New York, NY
19314 1 month ago Erin Gregoire Manchester, NH
19313 1 month ago Sophie Meneguzzi Lismore, ot Stop the use of 2,4-D and other Herbicides.
19312 1 month ago Susan Brown La Mesa, CA Warning, graphic content. "Agent Orange Victims Captured In Heartbreaking Portrait Series Decades After Vietnam War" Take a look at these photos of the birth defects caused by genetic mutations agenhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/26/agent-orange-victims_n_3818562.html

BAN 2,4-D, Roundup and all toxic chemicals and the GE plants designed to be drenched in this garbage. They don\'t need them, they are just too lazy and money hungry to use organic methods that work fine!



Genetic Engineers are speaking out against GMOs.
These biotechnologists at one time believed in and supported GMOs. Is it time for you?

http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/blog/2013/may/6/former_pro_gmo_scientist_talks_dangers_of_gmos

http://our-common-roots.com/dr-shiv-chopra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmWpjptl_VE

http://foodintegritynow.org/2014/04/08/dr-don-huber-gmos-glyphosate-threat-humanity/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/10/06/dr-huber-gmo-foods.aspx

http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/june-2014/genetic-engineer-becomes-organic-cotton-breeder.php

http://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/march2014/scientist-journey-from-gmo-believer-to-skeptic.php#sthash.JxwBaK3O.dpuf

To see more scientists speaking out against GMOs, visit
http://nourishingplot.com/2014/06/07/scientists-speak-out-on-gmo-safety/
and http://www.i-sis.org.uk

"WHY THE FDA’S POLICY ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS IS IRRESPONSIBLE AND ILLEGAL"
http://www.biointegrity.org/WhyFDAPolicyIrresponsible.htm

Abby Martin - Confessions of an FDA Agent
http://youtu.be/R3SQ6OgDpRU

10 REASONS WHY we don’t need GM foods
1. GM foods won’t solve the food crisis
2. GM crops do not increase yield potential
3. GM crops increase pesticide use
4. There are better ways to feed the world
5. Other farm technologies are more successful
6. GM foods have not been shown to be safe to eat
7. Stealth GMOs are in animal feed — without consumers’ consent
8. GM crops are a long-term economic disaster for farmers
9. GM and non-GM cannot co-exist, GM contamination of conventional and organic
10. We can’t trust GM companies
with references
http://www.saynotogmos.org/10reasons_need.pdf

President\'s Cancer Panel: Eat Organic, Avoid Plastics 2010
http://www.rodalenews.com/presidents-cancer-panel
backup
http://www.organicgardening.com/living/presidents-cancer-panel-eat-organic-avoid-plastics

Horizontal Gene Transfer from GMOs Does Happen
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/horizontalGeneTransfer.php

GMOs Shown to be Safe? Science Media Center Exposed for Incredible GMO Deceit
http://naturalsociety.com/gmos-safe-science-media-center-gmo-deceit/

Genetically Engineered Corn May Cause Allergies, Infertility, and Disease
http://www.againstthegrainnutrition.com/newsandnotes/2009/04/14/genetically-engineered-corn-may-cause-allergies-infertility-and-disease/

New Hazards in GMOs from Synonymous Mutations
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Synonymous_Mutations_Built_Into_GM_Crops.php

Syngenta uses terrorist tactics against it\'s own scientist who disagrees with them..
http://globalnews.ca/news/1248219/is-there-atrazine-in-your-drinking-water/
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/02/10/a-valuable-reputation?currentPage=all

The price of truth... Because they dared to speak out about health and medical disasters they were persecuted by those they attacked.
http://www.gmoseralini.org/the-price-of-truth/

The Corruption of Science
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/The_Corruption_of_Science.php

UN Report - Small Scale Organic Farming is the Only Way to Go
http://www.technologywater.com/post/69995394390/un-report-says-small-scale-organic-farming-only-way-to

“Wake Up Before It’s Too Late:” New UN Report Calls for Dramatic Shift Toward Natural Agriculture
http://althealthworks.com/1366/wake-up-before-its-too-late-new-un-report-calls-for-dramatic-shift-toward-natural-agriculture/

May 19 2014 - GM Foods Neither Safe Nor Needed, Say Genetic Engineers - GMO Myths and Truths2
http://www.permaculturenews.org/files/GMO-Myths-and-Truths-edition2.pdf

THE GMO EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES (covers all the false promises)
http://farmwars.info/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GMO-Emperor-Latest_Publications7.pdf

Come people, wake up to the fact that Genetic Engineering exists solely to sell more pesticide$, herbicide$, and fungicide$ (and it is failing, superbugs, superweeds, even superfungi) and has NO other benefits! AND hey are killing our bees! We need bees to pollinate our food! #GMOFAIL

Have GMOs helped to feed the world, reduce the use of pesticides, or increase yield as proponents have promised? No.
huffingtonpost.com/carole-bartolotto/is-the-movement-to-label-_b_3432355.html

Once released into the wild, it will replicate. There is no way to recall it if it is found to do harm...

How long before it\'s too late?
GMO crops contaminating non-GMO crops across globe through cross-pollination.
http://orgcns.org/1f1yVDm

This is my biggest fear.. Putting genes back in bottles.
http://www.goal-2025.com/the-trouble-with-monsanto-and-gmo/'); return false;">...
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19308 1 month ago Anonymous A, Costa Mesa stop benefitting yourselves at the consumers expense . . . health & money. SHAME ON YOU.
19307 1 month ago K. Arnone Broklyn, NY
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 Background

2,4-D is highly toxic. Some formulations are contaminated with dioxins. According to the World Health Organization, dioxins can cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer. 

After investigative journalists ran a television documentary revealing dangerous levels of dioxin had been found in common brands of 2,4-D, the Australian government cancelled the registrations of some forms of 2,4-D and began reviewing the rest. 

Even discounting dioxin contamination, 2,4-D ranks among the world’s most dangerous herbicides. The Natural Resources Defense Council has pressed for a ban. But the EPA is ignoring studies that show exposure to 2,4-D could cause cancer, hormone disruption, genetic mutations and neurotoxicity. Instead, EPA points to studies, financed by the 2,4-D manufacturers and conducted by Dow, that minimize health risks.

In Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, researchers have found higher rates of certain birth defects in areas with the highest use of 2,4-D. 

Over the past 40 years, dozens of studies have been published linking 2,4-D and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). 

These studies on 2,4-D and its link to cancer, as well as reproductive and developmental damage, were recently compiled and analyzed by a team from the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France, which concluded that exposure to 2,4-D doubled the risk of NHL.

The American Cancer Society estimates that, this year, about 70,800 people will be diagnosed with NHL and 18,990 people will die from this cancer. Since the 1970s, NHL cases have doubled

The more farmers use 2,4-D—or any herbicide or pesticide—the more these toxins end up on our food—and in our bodies.