Organic Consumers Association

Tell the USDA: Don’t Approve New GMO ‘Agent Orange’ Crops!

Remember Agent Orange? The 2,4-D chemical concoction commissioned by the U.S. Army to defoliate jungles and destroy food crops during the Vietnam War? 

U.S. corn and soybean farmers could soon be using more of this toxic herbicide than ever before. Unless we convince the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put the brakes on plans to approve Dow AgroSciences’ new “Enlist” brand corn and soy—GMO crops designed to resist massive doses of 2,4-D herbicide.

Please sign our petition (below) to the USDA asking them to reject “Agent Orange” crops!

A large body of evidence indicates major health problems result from exposure to 2,4-D, including cancer, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity and auto-immune disorders. And 2,4-D is devastating to the environment. It’s currently the seventh largest source of dioxin pollution in the US and Dow is the second largest dioxin polluter.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) concedes that Dow’s new 2,4-D-resistant crops could speed up the evolution of new “superweeds” which would ultimately require even heavier applications of ever-more toxic herbicides, and could also have “off-target” effects.

Still, the agency signaled (on January 3, 2014), in the release of its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), that it favors approving the new GMO crops.

Most corn and soy grown in the U.S. is already genetically engineered to resist Monsanto’s Roundup. And 2,4-D is already the third most popular herbicide (according to the industry web site) used in the U.S.

But if the USDA approves the new 2,4-D-resistant corn and soy, the use of 2,4-D is projected to increase 50-fold.  

For the chemical companies, the whole point of genetically engineered herbicide-tolerant crops is to increase herbicide use. If the crop isn’t genetically engineered to be resistant to herbicides, farmers have to be careful to spray only the weeds. Currently, the use of 2,4-D is largely limited to controlling weeds in the fields before the crop sprouts, or after the crop is harvested. Genetically engineered 2,4-D-tolerant crops allow for the indiscriminate use of the herbicide. 

For consumers, that means that the herbicides that used to be sprayed on the fields where our food was grown will now be sprayed directly on our food.

The USDA has already received more than 450,000 comments opposing Agent Orange crops, but so far it is ignoring public comment.

Things are no better at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto lobbyist, heads up food safety. Ignoring the demands of the American Medical Association, which wants the FDA to require “mandatory pre-market systematic safety assessments” of new genetically engineered foods, the FDA conducts no review, as long as the biotech company assures it that the genetically engineered food is not "materially different" from normal food.

In December, Dow announced that the FDA had given its 2,4-D-resistant crops the rubber stamp, marking the end of the voluntary consultation process for its Agent Orange crops.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conducting a separate review of Agent Orange crops to examine the impact of expanded use of 2,4-D. But in 2012, the FDA rejected a petition from the Natural Resources Defense Council citing dozens of studies linking 2,4-D exposure to cancer and birth defects as cause to ban the dangerous chemical.

Please take action today to stop new 2,4-D-resistant genetically engineered crops!

1-25 of 141119 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments
141119 1 hour ago Bernadette Webster Whitethorn, CA I've known for decades that you bastards think it's part of your Christian ethics to spray poison on God's Children's food, but THIS BEATS ALL. Dioxin and 2,4-D herbicide. Sprinkle it on your own ki...
141118 12 hours ago Belinda Marsh Greensboro bend, VT
141117 12 hours ago Belinda Marsh Greensboro bend, VT
141116 12 hours ago Cecilia Martinez WI This will never stop. Eat only organic!
141115 6 days ago Susan Evans Indian Hills, CO
141114 6 days ago Mary Ann P Robertson New Bern, NC
141113 7 days ago Kathlyn Knight DC
141112 1 week ago Anonymous WI
141111 1 week ago Anonymous IL
141110 1 week ago Anonymous Bronx, NY USDA.... really think about what you've just done...
It's horrible how misguided our government is... and how evil they are to even CONSIDER putting those types of chemicals/poisons in our food.
141109 1 week ago Tristan Cummins HI
141108 1 week ago Robin Keel Carpentersville, IL This is outrageous!!!!! Stop trying to poison us!
141107 1 week ago P Galbavy Sedona, AZ This seems so stupidly obvious, I beg you not to approve "Enlist" brand corn and soy. With 75% of Americans having chronic illness, the last thing we need it extra large doses of 2,4-D herbicide spr...
141106 1 week ago Carole Wilson Black Mountain, NC
141105 1 week ago Anonymous MA
141104 1 week ago Anonymous Jeffersonville, PA
141103 1 week ago Jane Steinbrecher CO
141102 1 week ago Anonymous Kapolei, HI Don't be stupid, USDA.
141101 1 week ago Anonymous Spokane, WA All pesticides and herbicides need to be banned immediately. Do not allow any more GMO food for human and animal consumption. No Agent Orange! This will kill people, animals, crops, and the soil a...
141100 1 week ago Anonymous North Highlands, CA
141099 1 week ago jerika barnes berlin, NH this is a deadly herbicide! its linked to cancer and reproductive problems. haven't we learnt enough about what happens when you use agent orange???
141098 1 week ago Anonymous WA As someone with personal experience on the effect agent orange had on our Vietnam veterans and their families this is appalling. More use of this chemical is the last thing we need on our soil, so ...
141097 1 week ago Katherine Hansen Bayfield, WI
141096 1 week ago Anonymous ot
141095 1 week ago Michelle Middleton Salt Lake City, UT Please stop this! Why are we ruining/poisoning our own food supply? No wonder why Americans are ill and obese...
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