‘Agent Orange Corn’: Biotech Companies Are Waging a Chemical Arms Race on Our Food Supply

Wausau News

Instead of protecting the American people from a poison, the USDA is acting as a salesman for Dow.

January 16, 2014  |
 
 

The Obama administration  announced last week that it expects to approve corn and soybeans that have been genetically engineered by DowChemical company to tolerate the toxic herbicide — 2,4-D. They are planning this approval despite the fact that use of this herbicide is  associated with increased rates of deadly immune system cancers, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, birth defects, and many other serious kinds of illness and reproductive problems.

Weed ecologists are unanimous in warning that approval of these crops will lead to vast increases in the use of this poisonous chemical. Researchers at Penn State say that in soybeans alone, planting of crops resistant to 2,4-D would

increase the amount of 2,4-D sprayed on American fields to 100 million pounds per year — four times the current level. The researchers…

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