Right now GMOs are failing in farmers’ fields around the world and Monsanto, Dow Chemical and the GMO pushers are getting desperate to hide these facts. Even worse, they’re hoping that the Obama administration will approve a new line of GMO corn and soybeans created by Dow Chemical called “Enlist Duo” that are genetically engineered to resist the toxic chemicals 2,4-D and glyphosate, the main chemical in Monsanto's best selling weedkiller Roundup.
That’s right, Monsanto and Dow are hoping to be able to sell a “new” generation of GMO seeds that will withstand the application of massive amounts of a combination of toxic weedkillers, due to the explosion of superweeds that have resulted from the over-use of Monsanto’s leading herbicide Roundup.
Already, superweeds have spread across the U.S., choking farmers’ profits, even forcing farmers out of business. Instead of rethinking the deeply flawed model of genetically engineering crops to tolerate the application of weedkillers, the biotech industry and U.S. government are getting ready to approve a whole new generation of GMOs that will lead to an explosion of more toxic chemicals being sprayed on farmers’ fields and our food.
Besides a new generation of flawed GMO crops, if the Obama administration and the EPA approve Dow Chemical’s new Enlist Duo GMO crops, the use of these toxic weedkillers will skyrocket in America.
2,4-D’s Toxic Legacy, Cancer, Parkinson’s and the Poisoning of America’s Veterans
As half the chemical equation of the Vietnam era defoliant Agent Orange, which was sprayed across southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, 2,4-D’s toxic legacy is well known to scientists across the globe.
In the past 30 years, repeated scientific studies have found that 2,4-D has been linked to serious risks to the environment and human health, including birth defects, hormone disruption, reproductive failure, cancer and Parkinson’s disease
Monsanto’s Roundup, Creating Superweeds, Killing Butterflies and Raising Serious Health Concerns
In less than 2 decades, the overuse of Monsanto’s number one selling weedkiller Roundup has created a dangerous scenario for America’s farmers. With the rise of superweeds across more than 70 million acres of U.S. farmland, farmers have been faced with the loss of crop yields by 50 to 70% in some fields, forced to spend millions of dollars, resorting to hand weeding, and even plowing under some fields when the assault of superweeds became too advanced.
Every year, more than 200 million pounds of Monsanto’s toxic weedkiller Roundup are sprayed on more than 160 million acres of GMO corn and soybean fields across America. Planting Monsanto’s GMOs resistant to Roundup on such a massive scale has wiped out more than 80% of the native milkweed across the Midwest, which has been attributed to the plumetting population of Monarch butterflies to alarming levels.
The problem with Roundup is that it doesn’t just spawn superweeds and kill butterflies, but the fact that an increasing number of studies have shown that Roundup is linked to serious human health problems including birth defects, infertility, allergies, liver disease and auto-immune disorders.
Rather than invest in more productive methods of food production, like organic and sustainable agriculture, the Obama administration is considering doubling down on the new toxic GMO chemical cocktail being offered by Dow Chemical's new Enlist GMO corn and soy.
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