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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37814 8 minutes ago Pierrette Cayen Hamilton, ON
37813 25 minutes ago Lenard Randolph CA You need to start working for the people
37812 35 minutes ago katie roth Plymouth, MA
37811 41 minutes ago Andrea Duzak Hartford, CT The collusion between private corporations and government regulatory agencies must end. Do what is best for the health of the planet and its creatures. Stop the use of superb pesticides.
37810 44 minutes ago Jeanye Anderson Leander, TX
37809 1 hour ago Marty Owens Elgin, IL
37808 1 hour ago Al Mozena Fort Wayne, IN As a Vietnam Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange and more, and therefore know what 2,4-D when mixed with 2,4,5-T does to humans, I can only imagine what the results would be when mixed with Roun...
37807 1 hour ago Anonymous London,
37806 1 hour ago Mark Suazo Cleveland, TN
37805 1 hour ago Jennifer Evans Highland park, NJ Please protect our future. Please reject this request.
37804 1 hour ago Harold Earley Victorville , CA
37803 1 hour ago Vanita Novak Rice,, WA Please , please stop this madness . Glyphosate is killing the bees. Monsanto's Agent Orange was suppose to be harmless. But we all know what happened with that false claim. Please do yourself and ev...
37802 2 hours ago Jake Davis Chico, CA
37801 2 hours ago Lorraine Smith Dunnellon, FL Stop allow these toxin to be polluting us citizens of the United States, do you not see the overall effect this has on our nation. I mean REALLY!
Did not enough humans get LOTS OF HEALTH AFFECT...
37799 3 hours ago S. J. Jacky Steilacoom, WA
37798 3 hours ago Cynthia Adams Santa Cruz, CA
37797 3 hours ago Thaedra Aiyana HI
37795 4 hours ago Angie Johnson Seattle, WA
37794 4 hours ago Anonymous Iowa City, IA
37793 4 hours ago Deborah Bradley Athens, AL
37792 4 hours ago Meleah Cordero Penryn, CA
37791 4 hours ago Hoveda M corona, CA
37790 4 hours ago Katie Payne SCOTTS VALLEY, CA This is insane. We, the public, should not have to keep asking you, the supposed guardians to our safety, to stop allowing these insidious poisons to be used! Stop this insanity and end DOW chemical...
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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