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.

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

Ignoring the public outcry and pleas by saner members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) last week approved Dow’s new corn and soy crops, genetically engineered to withstand not one, but two poisons—a super-toxic, super-poison comprised of glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, and Dow’s 2,4-D,  made with an ingredient that was used in the Vietnam-era Agent Orange herbicide.

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.

The USDA admits that introduction of 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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38820 2 hours ago Rachel Kelley CA Insanity.
38819 23 hours ago balsamo letizia perinaldo, ot
38818 1 day ago evely campfield e northport, NY
38817 1 day ago Sheila Smith-Ramirez San Antonio, TX The production and use of this product is Unacceptable.
38816 1 day ago Leigh Clark Granada Hills, CA Keep Dow (and Monsanto) from poisoning the planet.
38815 2 days ago Juanita Hull Riverdale, UT
38814 3 days ago Anonymous McKinney, TX
38813 3 days ago Laura Roney Chicago, IL
38812 3 days ago Axa Tolonen TAMPERE, ot
38811 4 days ago Sharon Velotas Vista, CA
38810 4 days ago George Stadnik Long Island City, NY
38809 5 days ago Carlos Echevarria Inglewood, CA
38808 5 days ago J. Rioux BC
38807 6 days ago James O'Connell Florence, OR Protect Americans from these poisons.
38806 6 days ago Linda Otten Florissant, MO This is wrong and everyone knows it. People will suffer so many illnesses if this is passed. please don't allow this to happen. Think of your loved one's and what ill effects they will suffer along ...
38805 6 days ago balsamo letizia perinaldo, ot
38804 7 days ago Alex Grover CA Let's get an appeal to ban these pesticides. We say no to Enlist Duo.
38803 7 days ago Janice Trester The Colony, TX You are killing us with these herbicides. I for one have a problem with all the chemicals in our food. I can not eat the wheat, now also problem with the rice. I hate to think of the problem our gra...
38802 7 days ago Anonymous Cincinnati, OH
38801 1 week ago Graciela Torline TX We want good food. Do not poison us!
38800 1 week ago Chelsea Poirier University place, WA
38799 1 week ago Patricia Tremblay Summerfield, FL
38798 1 week ago Kela Barker Winter Springs, FL
38797 1 week ago Anonymous La Verne, CA
38796 1 week ago Ana Maria Abba San Diego, CA
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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.

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.

Created: June 5, 2014
Updated: September 25, 2014