From Food Democracy Now!
Dow Chemical is back at it again! Last week Dow Chemical donated $1.2 million to defeat Prop 37 to label genetically engineered foods, which will appear on the ballot in California this fall. At the same time, they happen to be petitioning the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the approval of a new genetically engineered “Agent Orange” soybean that tolerates the extremely toxic chemical herbicide 2,4-D, a major component of the Vietnam War era defoliant Agent Orange.
Not only does Dow Chemical not want you to know what’s in your food, but now they want to dump more toxic chemicals on it too! Numerous studies have linked exposure to 2,4-D to serious health problems that include cancer (particularly non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma), lowered sperm counts, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease. In addition, dozens of peer-reviewed studies have found the use of 2,4-D to contribute to hormone-disrupting activity linked to reproductive problems and thyroid dysfunction.
Now Dow AgroScience wants to spray this toxic chemical on our food and in our fields in unprecedented amounts!
As you well know, 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. The excessive use of Roundup has led to millions of acres of U.S. farmland to be filled with Roundup resistant superweeds and now Dow Chemical and other companies are petitioning the USDA to release even more new biotech crops to tolerate more toxic chemicals.
Along with major health impacts, the approval of Dow’s “Agent Orange” 2,4-D soy will likely lead to a massive explosion in the use of 2,4-D across the U.S., a fact that has greatly alarmed scientists, environmentalists and farmers alike.
If the potential health problems and the escalating chemical arms race weren’t bad enough, there is grave concern among farmers for the problems with drift and volatilization, which means that it’s difficult to control when applying and frequently leads to serious damage to neighboring farmer’s crops.
Considering the serious human health concerns, the threat to the environment and family farmers themselves, Secretary Vilsack and the USDA should move quickly to reject approval for Dow Chemical’s 2,4-D soy. Not only does it not serve the public interest, but it will lead to an ever-increasing reliance on deadlier and more toxic chemicals to grow our food.