The first generation of biotech crops has failed. And failed badly.
Since 2011 new studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-engineered Bt insecticide corn has not only created a new breed of superbugs resistant to the plant’s genetically engineered insecticide, but that those Bt toxins have also been found in the blood of 93 percent of woman and 80 percent of fetal blood samples in a Canadian study, despite Monsanto’s claims that this was not possible.
At the same time, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn and soybeans and their flagship herbicide Roundup have been linked to an increase in crop diseases and livestock infertility. If that weren’t enough, the excessive use of Roundup has led to the rampant rise of superweeds, which have grown resistant to the herbicide and have infested millions of acres of farmland, threatening the livelihoods of America’s farmers.
Now, Dow Chemical is pressuring the USDA for the approval of a new genetically engineered “Agent Orange” corn and soybeans that tolerates the extremely toxic chemical herbicide 2,4-D, a major component of the Vietnam War era defoliant Agent Orange.
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 they want to spray this chemical on our crops and fields!
Along with these major health impacts, the approval of Dow’s “Agent Orange” 2,4-D corn and soybeans 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, the USDA should move quickly to reject approval for Dow Chemical’s 2,4-D GMO corn and 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.
Thanks for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team
1. “Monsanto Corn May Be Failing to Kill Bugs in 4 States, EPA Says”, Bloomberg Businessweek, December 6, 2011
2. “Study Found Toxin from GM Crops is Showing up in Human Blood”, Mercola.com, May 31, 2011
3. “Mystery Science” More Details on the Strange Organism That Could Destroy Monsanto”, CBS News, May 5, 2011
4. “Farmers Must Spend More on Herbicides as Effectiveness Fades” USA Today, April 16, 2012 http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/580?t=18&akid=1176.506492.VJ01qx
5. “Agent Orange”, Wikipedia http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/581?t=20&akid=1176.506492.VJ01qx
6. “Opposition grows to “Agent Orange” GM corn” The Organic and Non-GMO Report, February 1, 2012
7. “Smarter Living: Chemical Index 2,4-D”, National Resource Defense Council,
8. “Farm group seeks U.S. halt on “dangerous” crop chemicals”, Reuters, April 18, 2012 http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/go/583?t=24&akid=1176.506492.VJ01qx