March 27, 2012

Agent Orange on our food crops?

Another food threat coming our way?

Grist reported in January that the USDA is considering approval of a new variety of genetically engineered corn from Dow Chemical that is resistant to 2,4-D, one of the most commonly used herbicides in the U.S. — and one of the main ingredients in Agent Orange.
If approved, it will increase the use of 2,4-D, which has been associated with cancer, nerve damage, hormone disruption and other health effects. Some are also concerned that more 2,4-D could lead to a new breed of “superweed,” the fast-growing weeds that have developed resistance to the herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) since Monsanto introduced its genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops.

Check out this fact sheet from the Center for Food Safety [PDF].

What can YOU do? Contact the USDA before the public comment period ends on April 27 to tell them what you think.