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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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.