It was two years ago that I blogged about the battle for Dow’s 2-4-D corn.The USDA was still accepting comments on its pending approval. Now it seems, despite a huge public outcry, not only from concerned citizens but also from farmers, health professionals and environmentalists, the USDA is leaning heavily for approving it.
2-4-D, or Atrazine, is in popular Weed & Feed, Weed B Gon, Turfbuilder products. It was developed for chemical warfare in WWII and used in Viet Nam as part of a solution in Agent Orange as a defoliant. It is a known carcinogen: Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and possible soft tissue sarcomas (cancer) are indicated, as are increased rates of Parkinson’s disease & lung cancer. Respiratory and circulatory birth defects have been linked to it.
Despite a very strong link to cancer, hormonal disruption, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, birth defects and other illnesses, 2-4-D is marketed to consumers for use around their homes as a multi-use broadleaf weedkiller. Millions of American homeowners use this on their lawns in one form or another in sprays, dusts or in a pelletized version. It is also in other lawn care products such as “Winterizers,” and “Turfbuliders.” It is very likely that year-round exposure is not uncommon: “weed and feed” being used in the spring and summer, “Turfbuilders” from spring through fall and “winterizer” just before winter sets in. Consumers who rely on these chemicals to keep their lawns looking golf course perfect are spreading poison on their property all year without realizing it.
Monsanto’s Round-Up has been failing in recent years due to the ability of weeds to adapt and resist its application. This is the next generation of herbicide-resistant spray to be formulated with an even more potent and dangerous chemical, Atrazine or 2-4-D.
Dow’s Enlist seeds, will be able to withstand applications of 2-4-D and Round Up.
Wait and see. This miracle chemical’s effects will not last, either. Just like Round Up, after awhile the same thing will happen and farmers will find themselves back where they started: weeds out of control.
Now we will have millions of acres of corn being sprayed with 2-4-D and Round up combined.
- Groundwater will be contaminated with yet another harmful chemical.
- It will be IN that corn that you eat & all other foods you buy from the store – because corn is in everything!
- Beef cattle, chickens, pigs, turkeys will eat this – YOU will eat it too.
- Contamination will be in immediate areas through wind.
- HUNDREDS of MILLIONS of acres of corn each year could be sprayed with it.
- It will wash from the nation’s corn belt into rivers and the seas.
- Small farmers will be tied to yet another corn seed and chemical
- Approval will lead to MORE GMO products because USDA sees nothing wrong with them.
- Corporate entities will have even more control over our lives.
Our government has failed us again. By bowing to the one-sided test results – and the lobbyists and to Dow’s influence in government, and not to mention – big bucks – We The People will again become Guinea pigs.
This shows me that our government does not care about its citizens, only mega profit for mega corporations.
TAKE ACTION: Go to THIS PAGE and sign the petition against Dow’s GMO 2-4-D corn
If You Use Pesticides, READ THIS (there are no “safe” pesticides)
USDA Greenlights Dow 2-4-D Seeds (Pesticide Action Network)