The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is about to issue a dangerous approval that will put our farms, our food, and our environment at risk.
EPA may announce approval of Dow Chemical’s new “Enlist Duo” herbicide within the next week. “Enlist Duo” is a mixture of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) and the even more toxic 2,4-D (part of the chemical mixture Agent Orange).
Please take just a few seconds to urge President Obama to stop this toxic herbicide and the genetically engineered crops that depend on it.
Enlist is designed to be sprayed on Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans and cotton, killing the weeds but not the crops. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops are already failing because they created superweeds. Now imagine Roundup on overdrive. Scientists, lawmakers and millions of citizens know that more chemicals are not the answer to the superweed problem.
Major news outlets are saying these crops are serious cause for concern. The Los Angeles Times recently said, “Just as the nation must stop overusing antibiotics if it hopes to slow the emergence of resistant infections, it must do the same with herbicides and genetically modified crops. The way to deal with so-called superweeds isn’t by escalating the arms race against them.”
Despite half a million public comments, letters from scientists and health care professionals, and a letter signed by 60 Members of Congress opposing government approval, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently gave Dow’s risky crops the green light.
EPA’s approval of Dow’s toxic chemical cocktail is all that stands between Dow’s “Agent Orange” crops and a grocery store near you — unless we convince the Obama administration to stop it.
Dow’s new 2,4-D resistant crops are part of a growing problem: an escalating chemical arms race going on across America’s heartland, started by Monsanto and now being driven by Dow. By driving up 2,4-D use, Dow’s crops will generate even more weeds resistant to 2,4-D and other herbicides. This GE crop system ensures a toxic spiral of ever-increasing chemical use on our land and food.
These new crops pose a grave threat to our health. 2,4-D has been linked to major health problems including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. Independent tests continue to turn up highly toxic dioxin contaminants in 2,4-D. Approval would trigger millions of more pounds of toxic herbicides dumped onto our land. Even USDA admitted it could be as much as 176 million pounds per year!
Tell Obama to stop Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops and the toxic chemicals they rely on!
Thanks for everything you do,
Center for Food Safety