Stop Dow's Agent Orange Seeds!
Dow Chemical wants to introduce its latest generation of genetically-modified (GM) seeds, which will be bred for resistance to the herbicide 2,4-D. That’s right, the next wave of seeds will be resistant to one of the primary components of Agent Orange, used in the Vietnam War as a chemical defoliant. Planting these seeds means the use of 2,4-D as a weed killer will increase drastically, an estimated 30-fold increase according to the Center for Food Safety. Not only is the chemical drift-prone and extremely toxic for farmers, it is also known to be a hormone disrupter, linked to birth defects, cell damage and lymphoma.
Why would farmers even be interested in 2,4-D seeds? The reason is that the previous generation of GM seeds--developed to tolerate Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide--have led to the growth of Roundup-resistant weeds. This epidemic of “superweeds” has alarmed farmers and scientists, triggering even more herbicide applications and the desire to use older, even more toxic chemicals, like 2,4-D.
But that’s not the solution--that’s just staying on an ever faster treadmill of chemical and agribusiness dependence. Monsanto assured us that resistant weeds would never spring up from using Roundup Ready seeds. Why would 2,4-D seeds be a better solution?
Voice your opinion by 4/27: tell the USDA we’ve had enough of herbicide-resistant seeds and short-sighted solutions.
The FRESH Community, undersigned
|Number||Date||Name||Location||Submit your comments on ...|
|4897||Thu Feb 27 14:29:22 EST 2014||Diane Plogger||North Olmsted, OH||Remember the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.|
|4896||Sat Jan 25 10:49:58 EST 2014||Denna Wheeler||Muskogee, OK|
|4895||Sat Jan 18 12:34:21 EST 2014||Anonymous||Growing smarter does not mean using more advanced science to produce larger yields.|
|4894||Sun Jan 12 09:09:19 EST 2014||Kolleen Mayou||west jordan, UT||Sustainable is sensible. Thank you.|
|4893||Thu Jan 02 22:52:42 EST 2014||Anonymous||Crown Point, IN|
|4892||Wed Jan 01 21:32:03 EST 2014||Nicole Cochran|
|4891||Tue Dec 31 23:23:27 EST 2013||Eileen DiGioacchino||Schenectady, NY||Just like the overuse of antibiotics, the use of these seeds and chemicals is dangerous and creating a health and food crisis long term. The fact that these seeds are out there disrupting nature is unfair, More....|
|4890||Mon Dec 30 17:15:38 EST 2013||Katherine Moore||Kingwood, TX||Do the people responsible for this want their own families to eat foods with these toxins in them?|
|4889||Mon Dec 30 07:48:35 EST 2013||Danielle Peterson||Jefferson City, MO||As a twenty six year old young woman here in mid Missouri, I am disgusted buy the suggestion of using Agent Orange as a weed killer. Is it not known the horrid effect Agent Orange had on those who are More....|
|4888||Mon Dec 30 00:35:07 EST 2013||Anonymous||Orange, CA|
|4887||Sat Dec 28 21:48:07 EST 2013||Anonymous||Orangeburg, SC||We can change this if we work together.|
|4886||Fri Dec 27 01:49:09 EST 2013||Christiana Brown||Salt Lake City, UT|
|4885||Wed Dec 25 23:51:11 EST 2013||claire morgan||queen creek, AZ||Dumping chemicals on our food, into our water, onto our soil and into our air is not the answer. We have to stop the chemical destruction of our food supply for the sake of us all.|
|4884||Fri Dec 13 18:35:24 EST 2013||Megan McLaughlin||Mountaintop, PA||Please stop letting corporations dictate our livelyhood.|
|4883||Wed Dec 11 20:00:21 EST 2013||Anonymous||Frederick, MD||201 -->200Why does this world have to revolve around money? 2, 4-D is strongly linked to cancer, hormone disruption, and birth defects! Greedy business in today's world are killing people in the name of money.|
|4882||Wed Nov 27 14:33:29 EST 2013||Aaron Surridge||Surrey, BC|
|4881||Sat Nov 23 15:31:31 EST 2013||Kristine Waimey||astoria, NY|
|4880||Wed Nov 20 09:24:46 EST 2013||Crisandra Poulos||Saint Helena, CA|
|4879||Sun Nov 03 16:06:19 EST 2013||Jaya Jivika Rajani|
|4878||Sat Nov 02 20:47:36 EDT 2013||Paula Ziebarth||OH|
|4877||Wed Oct 30 09:38:11 EDT 2013||Marissa Zumbrun||York, PA|
|4876||Mon Oct 28 22:54:55 EDT 2013||Sean Kenyon||Albany, OR||We need to start doing what's right for the human race. Step back for a minute and think about what you are trying to do. Organic is the only way. If the farming industry keeps going down this course we More....|
|4875||Mon Oct 28 10:15:30 EDT 2013||martin smith||Shreveport, LA||STOP USING UNNATURAL COMPONENTS IN NATURAL PROCESSES!!|
|4874||Fri Oct 18 04:59:01 EDT 2013||Jonnathan Barrientos||paramount, CA|
|4873||Mon Oct 14 21:17:13 EDT 2013||Anonymous||CA||we need to protect our earth. not destroy it with chemicals.|