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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38746 6 hours ago julie cooper-fratrik riegelsville, PA With corporations for whom money is the bottom line, this feels like a futile attempt, but please, please stop polluting the earth!
38745 11 hours ago Monica flint Newtown, PA
38744 14 hours ago Ruben Lozada Atlantic Beach, FL None.
38743 1 day ago Rene Louis Taylor, MI
38742 2 days ago John Sodrel New Albany, IN
38741 2 days ago Helen Goldenberg Tamarac, FL
38740 2 days ago John Rivas Ridgewood, NY
38739 3 days ago lisa readance Euclid, OH As a native American, I, as millions of other Americans, have food allergies, chemical allergies and sensitivities. COMMON SENSE WOULD TELL YOU AS THE EPA, not to add MORE poison on our crops and f...
38738 3 days ago M.K. Russell Tamalpais Valley, CA
38737 3 days ago Ruben Lozada Atlantic Beach, FL
38736 3 days ago annick baud Mldn on Hdsn, NY
38735 4 days ago Lori Visioli Tewksbury, MA
38734 4 days ago mariana mellor thousand oaks, CA
38733 4 days ago Marcia Bandes Pittsburgh, PA Stop this downward spiral. Where will we be in seven generations if we don't stop now??? THINK
38732 4 days ago Tony Walby Bellingham, WA Stop poisoning YOU, YOUR family and YOUR kids and grand kids!!
38731 4 days ago Aletha Vengco Sacramento, CA
38730 5 days ago Anonymous Chesapeake, VA
38729 5 days ago Anonymous Springfield, MO "...It stays inside for years and years before it starts to kill.
You might get cancer of the liver; you might get cancer of the skin.
You can file for disability, but you might not live to ...
38728 5 days ago Anonymous Florissant, MO Enough!! Stop catering to big ag and start doing your job. I thought EPA stands for, Environmental Protection Agency??
38727 6 days ago Daphne T Stevens Fiskdale, MA Our planet is worth far more than your bottom line. I'm disgusted.
38726 6 days ago Nick Thompson CO
38725 6 days ago Anonymous Conyers, GA
38724 6 days ago Ryan Danzinger Arlington Heights, IL
38723 7 days ago Chris Joslyn New Britain, CT
38722 7 days ago Chantal Matheson Vittoria , ON
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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