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 ...|
|4911||Mon Aug 11 17:44:32 EDT 2014||Carol Leu||Kalispell , MT|
|4910||Mon Jul 28 08:34:12 EDT 2014||Anonymous||Eustis, FL|
|4909||Sun Jul 27 10:20:22 EDT 2014||Erin Armstrong||Bethlehem , PA|
|4908||Tue Jul 15 19:07:29 EDT 2014||Anonymous||Spokane, WA|
|4907||Sun Jun 15 21:35:49 EDT 2014||Amy Polites Feese|
|4906||Thu Jun 12 16:52:50 EDT 2014||Rose Ann Witt||Thousand Oaks, CA||As so aptly stated by Wenonah Hauter with the consumer advocate group Food and Water Watch, "Very little unbiased, independent scientific research has been done into the health and environmental implications More....|
|4905||Sun May 25 13:09:17 EDT 2014||Gary Choate||Romeo, MI||Enough is enough help put people over profits|
|4904||Tue May 06 03:25:10 EDT 2014||Amanda Croswell||Salem, NH|
|4903||Mon Apr 07 18:36:00 EDT 2014||Anna Hess||Lutsen, MN||this is common sense. WE used to have it.|
|4902||Mon Apr 07 16:36:04 EDT 2014||terri Starr||Bloomsburg, PA|
|4901||Wed Apr 02 22:03:21 EDT 2014||Corie Adamucci||Syracuse, NY|
|4900||Sun Mar 30 08:46:24 EDT 2014||stephanie Champion||Lenoir, NC|
|4899||Fri Mar 28 23:22:48 EDT 2014||Cindy Duke||Sterling, VA|
|4898||Fri Mar 28 21:54:38 EDT 2014||Brenda Plazio||Pitman, NJ||We need to stop the production of all herbicide resistant seeds. Please STOP approving these products and help save our environment, our food supply and our HEALTH!|
|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.|