Organic Consumers Association

Tell the EPA: Stop Dow’s Deadly Duo of Agent Orange and Roundup Herbicides

What’s more poisonous than Dow’s 2,4-D “Agent Orange” herbicide or Monsanto’s Roundup?

Enlist Duo, an herbicide made of both 2,4-D and Roundup.

Deadline Midnight June 30, 2014: Tell the EPA, Don’t let Dow poison our food with its “Deadly Duo” of Agent Orange and Roundup herbicides.

Last week, the OCA submitted more than 19,000 signatures to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requesting regulators reject Dow’s request for approval of 2,4-D for use on the company’s new Enlist brand corn and soy, genetically engineered to tolerate massive amounts of 2.4-D.

But Dow is also asking for approval of a new, even deadlier herbicide. Enlist Duo uses a combination of 2,4-D, one of the toxic ingredients in Agent Orange, and Roundup, whose key active ingredient, glyphosate, is linked to a host of ills, including birth defects, infertility, allergies and cancer.

Alone, each of these toxins has a rap sheet long enough to warrant a ban. Yet the so-called Environmental Protection Agency is ignoring the science. The EPA rejected  the National Resources Defense Council’s petition to take 2,4-D off the market and has so far refused pleas from Moms Across America and Thinking Moms’ Revolution to recall RoundUp.

Will EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy also allow Dow to spray its new genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant food crops with this deadly duo?

The deck is stacked in Dow’s favor. In its review of Enlist Duo, the EPA won’t be considering any of the new evidence on the dangers of glyphosate. And it isn’t looking at the harms to human health when we’re exposed to glyphosate and 2,4-D in combination.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signaled it will approve Dow’s new Enlist-brand corn and soy crops, 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 spike in the use of 2,4-D would be even more dramatic.

The proliferation of Roundup Ready crops caused a 527-million-pound increase in the use of glyphosate in the first 16 years, between 1996 and 2011. If farmers start growing Dow’s Enlist brand corn and soy, experts estimate the use of 2,4-D could increase by up to 50 times.

Dow is telling farmers that they need these new genetically engineered “Agent Orange” crops because Monsanto’s genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” crops are failing. (“Super weeds” have predictably developed resistance to glyphosate.)

But Dow and Monsanto don’t want farmers to stop using glyphosate and replace it with 2,4-D. They want farmers to use 2,4-D and glyphosate.  
 
For Dow and Monsanto, more pesticides mean more profits.

For consumers, Dow and Monsanto’s profits mean more poisons.



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26937 9 hours ago Kathleen Hall Vienna , VA
26936 10 hours ago Anonymous TX
26935 10 hours ago Anthony Mallia Wading River, NY
26934 11 hours ago Nina Winston Madison, WI
26933 11 hours ago Nina Winston
26932 12 hours ago Karampal Cheema San Jose, CA
26931 12 hours ago Karampal Cheema San Jose, CA
26930 13 hours ago Jasleen Kaur CA
26929 13 hours ago amy Wold rochester, MN
26928 14 hours ago Rebecca Hardwick Placerville, CA
26927 14 hours ago Emma Hardwick Placerville, CA
26926 15 hours ago justine allen phoenix, AZ
26925 15 hours ago Susan Brown La Mesa, CA
26924 15 hours ago Jessica Shultz South Lake Tahoe , CA
26923 16 hours ago Lori Kolfenbach West Palm Beach, FL
26922 17 hours ago Karen Martin North Smithfield, RI
26921 17 hours ago MaryJane Rissberger Cohoes, NY
26920 18 hours ago Rachel Krown IN
26919 18 hours ago Candice Eagle TN
26918 21 hours ago Colleen Mavroulis plymouth, MN
26917 21 hours ago Amie Errickson Clayton, DE
26916 21 hours ago Veronica Respecki Painesville on the lake, OH
26915 21 hours ago Amanda Main Painesville , OH
26914 22 hours ago Viviana Della Vecchia NJ
26913 22 hours ago Vicki Horn White Lake, MI
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Background

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signaled it will approve Dow’s new Enlist-brand corn and soy crops, 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 spike in the use of 2,4-D would be even more dramatic.

The use of RoundUp Ready crops increased the use of glyphosate by 527 million pounds in the U.S. in the first 16 years between 1996 and 2011. This second generation of herbicide-tolerant GMOs could cause 2,4-D use to increase to an amount estimated at more than 50 times what farmers are currently using.

Here’s some of the latest research on glyphosate and 2,4-D:

Glyphosate and 2,4-D are linked to myriad chronic illnesses and reproductive problems.

Glyphosate and 2,4-D are endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors have been linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, early puberty, infertility and other reproductive disorders, and childhood and adult cancers.

Glyphosate and 2,4-D are linked to birth defects, including anencephaly, “a nightmarish neural tube defect in which the fetus does not develop a forebrain, and the rest of the brain is not covered by skin or bone.”

Glyphosate and 2,4-D are linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, a part of the immune system.

Glyphosate and 2,4-D are linked to Parkinson's disease.

Around the world, farmers and farm workers who handle glyphosate and 2,4-D, and people who live near crops sprayed with the herbicides, are experiencing an epidemic of chronic kidney disease.

In the “Fumigated Towns” of Argentina, where RoundUp is sprayed on genetically engineered soy, cancer rates are two times to four times higher than the national average. Birth defects have quadrupled.