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 141180 signatures
Number Date Name Location Comments
141180 18 hours ago Essie East Humble, TX
141179 1 day ago Lena Rush Chicago, IL
141178 3 days ago E Matos Cocoa, FL, FL
141177 4 days ago Pavla Bartonova Pribram, CA
141176 4 days ago Anonymous Prospect, OH We try to stay with organic foods but I know glyphosate has been found even in organic foods. We are poisoning our people for the sake of profit.
141175 5 days ago Stephanie Kaminski fairless hills, PA
141174 6 days ago Rahul Manchanda San Marino, CA
141173 1 week ago Mary Hurley Sayre, PA Poisoning the food supply of the American people is the work of terrorists. The decision-makers at USDA, Dow, FDA etc are responsible. But the farmers are too!
141172 1 week ago Anonymous Scottsdale, AZ
141171 1 week ago Jasmine Crawford
141170 1 week ago Jasmine Crawford
141169 1 week ago Jasmine Crawford
141168 1 week ago Kathleen Killingsworth kihei, HI
141167 1 week ago Elizabeth Rainey Scottsdale , AZ
141166 2 weeks ago Anonymous Decatur, GA
141165 2 weeks ago Anthony Rulla Pocatello, ID Thousands of Vietnam vets prove Agent Orange is a poison!!
141164 2 weeks ago Lori Volkers Pocatello, ID These foods are poisons to our bodies, and create illnesses medicine cannot cure, or even treat!!
141163 2 weeks ago Tiffany Whittaker LA center, WA
141162 3 weeks ago Maria Licodo LA
141161 3 weeks ago Anonymous NJ This is madness. Who are the sociopath who are coming up with this? This is why I for one have given up eating corn or soy and more and more of my friends don't eat it either. You can grow it, bu...
141160 3 weeks ago Anonymous Decatur, IN As a student in the field of DNA and it's relationship in epigenetics, I plead with you if you really care about the American public to stop allowing our foods to be treated with these chemicals tha...
141159 3 weeks ago Gayle Hegland MT
141158 3 weeks ago Ellen Wasfi Dover, DE
141157 3 weeks ago Anonymous FORT WALTON BEACH, FL Please don’t Approve New GMO ‘Agent Orange’ Crops!
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