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Keep Toxic New Agent Orange GMOs off Your Plate!

The first generation of biotech crops has failed. And failed badly. Now the biotech industry is stepping up the chemical arms race in an effort to make up for the failure of Monsanto’s Roundup. Excessive use of Roundup by GMO farmers has led million of acres of U.S. farmland filled with Roundup resistant superweeds.

To combat this, Dow Chemical is petitioning the EPA and USDA to approve a new Enlist GMO "Agent Orange" corn and soy to tolerate 2,4-D, a main chemical component of the Vietnam era defoliant linked to birth defects, cancer, and hormone disruption, and glyphosate, the main chemical in Monsanto's best selling weedkiller Roundup. On top of these horrific health problems, 2,4-D is widely known among farmers to be difficult to control during application, leading to drift onto neighboring farms, causing major crop damage and contaminating waterways.

These facts have greatly alarmed scientists and farmers alike, leading a former top Reagan USDA official to declare 2,4-D one of  “the most dangerous chemicals out there.”

Tell the EPA to Dump Dow’s Dangerous New Enlist Agent Orange GMOs!

A copy of this petition will be delivered to the EPA:

Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195-0427
Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195-0427

Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195-0427

Docket No. EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195-0427

Dear EPA Administrator McCarthy,

I am writing to urge you to reject the approval of Dow’s genetically engineered Enlist corn and soybeans, designed to survive repeated spraying of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D, a major component of Agent Orange, the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. military in Vietnam, and glyphosate, the main chemical in Monsanto's best selling herbicide Roundup.

The scientific community has sounded alarms about the dangers of 2,4-D for decades. Numerous studies link 2,4-D exposure to major health problems such as cancer, lowered sperm counts, liver toxicity, Parkinson’s disease and birth anomalies in the children of pesticide applicators. Industry and independent scientific tests show that 2,4-D is still contaminated with dioxins.

Commercial approval of Dow’s soy will trigger a large increase in 2,4-D use, but the USDA has not conducted a meaningful review of the consequent harm to native ecosystems, crop injury from 2,4-D drifting onto neighboring fields, or the evolution of weeds resistant to 2,4-D. 2,4-D is already the number one culprit in drift-related crop injury complaints, and the huge increase in its use with 2,4-D soy will exacerbate these harms.

In addition, an increasing number of studies have shown that Roundup is possibly linked to serious human health problems including birth defects, infertility, allergies, liver disease and auto-immune problems.

Already, the over application of Roundup has led to the explosion of superweeds on more than 70 million acres of U.S. farmland, leading to economic hardship for America's farmers and the loss of critical habitat and an alarming decline in Monarch butterfly populations. Rather than double down on this deeply flawed and unsustainable technology, America must invest in more productive methods of food production, like organic and sustainable agriculture.

I urge you to heed the warnings of the scientific and environmental communities and deny approval of Dow Chemical's Enlist 2,4-D, glyphosate resistant GMO corn and soy.


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