Agent Orange in our food?

by Slow Food MV on December 29, 2013

Dow Chemical company has engineered corn and soy that can withstand massive doses of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D. This is the very same herbicide that, along with its cousin 2,4,5-T, is known as Agent Orange, the chemical warfare agent that has been linked to a million birth defects in Vietnam.

Now they want approval to spray massive quantities of this herbicide on your food. And so far, the USDA is on their side.

How could this happen? What’s at stake for you? And what can you do about it?

Get the whole story here.

The Obama Administration is calling for the approval of 2,4-D resistant crops as a way to fight the next stage of the battle against weeds. Now that superweeds have developed resistance to Monsanto’s herbicide, Roundup, the pesticide arms race has taken a new and potentially deadly turn.

2,4-D 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.

Fortunately, now is a crucial time for you to make a huge difference. The government sponsored comment period has begun, and a massive outpouring of comments can help to stop this travesty.

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