Back in January, we learned about Dow Chemical’s plan to fast track the approval of their newly developed GMO corn and soy seeds that are resistant to 2-4 D, a toxic herbicide. Their latest venture is to combine 2-4D with Monsanto’s already ubiquitous glyphosate (a.k.a., Round Up), a product called Enlist® Duo, and sell it to be used on those GMO seeds, in hopes of killing off “super weeds.” That’s right, 2-4D, an ingredient in Agent Orange, combined with glyphosate, a chemical that most recently made the news for its potential to double the risk of lymphoma, to kill “superweeds” that overuse of glyphosate catalyzed.
The scale at which these products may be launched is pretty massive. Environmental Working Group explains the exposure risk:
If the EPA approves Enlist® Duo and if the USDA allows the unregulated use of 2,4-D-resistant GE crops, nationwide use of 2,4-D could more than triple by 2020. Communities near 2,4-D-resistant corn and soybean fields would be exposed to eight times more 2,4-D than is now the case, according to the USDA, and even greater amounts, according to independent estimates. Americans’ exposure to this toxic herbicide would soar.”
Luckily, we’ve got another few days of an EPA open-comment period before they give their verdict on the approval of this chemical cocktail.
Learn a ton more about 2-4 D and add your name to the Environmental Working Group link below.
- 2,4-D Herbicide & GE Crops via EWG
- "Agent Orange" Crops Would Trigger Massive Increase in Use of Toxic Pesticide 2,4-D via Center for Food Safety
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