I just got off the phone with a source in Washington DC and the news is NOT good. Sources close to the administration claim that as early as tomorrow, the Environmental Protection Agency WILL APPROVE Dow Chemical's new Enlist Duo 2,4-D "Agent Orange" GMO corn and soy. This is outrageous and we need your help to stop these toxic new GMO crops!
With the failure of Monsanto's Roundup Ready GMO crops, which have led to more than 70 million acres of superweeds across American farmland, the biotech industry is now promoting a series of more toxic chemical cocktails to spray on farmers' fields to kill these out-of-control weeds.
Tragically, rather than find a real solution to this serious problem, the Obama administration is charging full steam ahead with the approval of this new GMO chemical treadmill nightmare that Food Democracy Now! and our allies have been warning you about for years.
Just last month, the USDA green-lighted the use of Dow’s new genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to the heavy-duty weed killer 2,4-D and glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's best selling weed killer Roundup.
And now - the only thing standing in the way of this toxic new chemical cocktail is approval of the new chemical mixture of 2,4-D and glyphosate from the EPA!
The administration has already heard from more than half a million farmers and citizens, including scientists and public health officials about the real health and environmental health concerns about 2,4-D and the new chemical arms race this approval will lead to. But they need to hear from you again!
The consequences are not imagined, but real and the USDA and scientists around the world know this.
According to the USDA’s own estimates, the introduction of these new GMO crops will mean the additional spraying of 5 to 13 times as much 2,4-D by the year 2020. Which means that use of 2,4-D in America will skyrocket from 26 million to as much as 176 million pounds per year.
That means that these new GMOs and a chemical linked to birth defects, hormone disruption, reproductive failure, cancer and Parkinson’s disease will appear unlabeled on our plates. Unless we can stop them!
Right now the USDA and biotech industry are locked hand in hand in promoting a system of agriculture and food production that is leading to a more toxic future for our children and future generations – and we need your voice to help stop it!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.
Thank you for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
1. “USDA grants approval to Dow's Enlist GMO corn and soybeans,” Reuters, September 17, 2014.
2. “USDA Approves New Modified Corn, Soybean Seeds”, Associated Press, September 17, 2014.
3. “Altered to Withstand Herbicide, Corn and Soybeans Gain Approval”, New York Times, September 17, 2014
4. “Going Backwards: Dow’s 2,4-D-Resistant Crops and a More Toxic Future “, Center for Food Safety,
5. “Editorial Escalating the weed wars”, Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2014