Dow Chemical, the company that brought us Napalm and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for approval of genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange.
USDA is on-board with Dow and needs to be told to actually look out for US consumers rather than be the enablers for the continuing decline of food quality. The following is from the Center for Food Safety, just one of many groups pushing USDA to do the right thing. Many GMO crops are “sold” to us as reducing the need for toxic pesticides, yet they are often directly responsible for the opposite. And the scientific evidence is there to support these claims that GMOs cause more pesticide use, not less. Every day, a new study adds to the growing concerns that USDA ignores.
Center for Food Safety has launched a new national campaign focusing the food movement’s growing power on stopping the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) approval of the next generation of genetically engineered (GE), pesticide-promoting crops: corn and soybeans engineered to be repeatedly doused in 2,4-D, a powerful herbicide that formed one half of Agent Orange. The campaign features a petition to the USDA and President Obama to reject Dow Chemical’s new GE crops, a campaign website and an animated video examining Dow Chemical’s sordid history.
Why Dow Chemical? Dow Chemical has a long and troubling history of selling dangerous chemicals and poisons, and now they are targeting our food supply. We are launching this campaign to give people the chance to fight back, to speak with one voice and stop Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops.
2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid), produced by Dow Chemical, was a component of Agent Orange, the toxic defoliant used in Vietnam. 2,4-D and other herbicides of its class have been independently associated with deadly immune system cancers, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. Dow Chemical’s crops are the worst possible application of biotechnology. They offer zero consumer benefit while doubling down on the most devastating aspects of industrial agriculture. Instead of feeding the world, Dow Chemical’s new genetically engineered crops will poison it. Unless we stop them.
Go and tell the USDA to say NO to Agent Orange corn and soybeans. And remember, if you want to make sure you do not buy GMOs, be very careful with any product with US or Canadian grown, non-organic, corn or soybeans. That includes corn syrup that is in tons of processed foods. Conventional meat that is fed corn or soybeans is also suspect.
Last year was the first year, in my opinion, where consumers really started having an impact on the food industry. We have a very long way to go, but America is finally starting to wake up to the dangers of our conventional agriculture system, from both a health and environmental perspective. We are killing ourselves with the modern food production system and USDA is pushing it down our throats, no pun intended.