December 11, 2014
Tell EPA Not to Expand Uses of Enlist Duo™—AGAIN!
Despite overwhelming opposition, this fall EPA gave Dow AgroSciences the green light to release Enlist Duo™ on a new wave of genetically-engineered (GE) crops in six states (IL, IN, IA, OH, SD, WI). At the same time, EPA announced that it was accepting comments on the expansion of Enlist Duo’s registration to 10 additional states (AR, KS, LA, MN, MO, MS, NE, OK, TN, ND).
Join the fight against the expansion of new GE crops and their toxic pesticides! Submit a comment to EPA today.
A combination of the herbicides 2,4-D (a legacy chemical that was one-half of Agent Orange) and glyphosate (the herbicide responsible for widespread "superweed" resistance), Enlist Duo™ poses significant health and environmental threats.
2,4-D is associated with increased cancer risks, especially for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is also a potent neurotoxin and hormone-disruptor. Studies show that exposure to 2,4-D is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, reduced sperm count, and birth defects.
2,4-D also has a tendency to drift, and despite claims by Dow that the version of 2,4-D used in Enlist Duo™ is less prone to move off-site, the risk from increased 2,4-D use threatens non-GE and organic crops, endangered species, and increased drift and runoff will contaminate water and non-target sites.
Though environmental and human health groups like Beyond Pesticides have joined together and filed legal challenges to the registration of this toxic chemical in the first six-states, EPA continues to move forward without adequate assessment of Enlist Duo™’s human health and environmental impacts.
An unprecedented increase in 2,4-D would inevitably pose risks to public health, farmers, and the environment.
Tell EPA To DENY Expanded Uses of Enlist Duo™!
EPA is currently taking public comment on the expanded use of Enlist Duo™ until December 15th.
SAMPLE COMMENT TO EPA: (PLEASE PERSONALIZE!)
I oppose EPA’s expanded registration of Dow's "Enlist Duo™" herbicide. Allowing increased pesticide use in agricultural communities nationwide increases our dependency on failed cropping systems that the agency should be rejecting as unreasonable, not facilitating. Approving "Enlist Duo™" on 2,4-D-resistant genetically engineered crops will lead to rampant weed resistance, as has already occurred with glyphosate-tolerant crops. Adverse impacts on human health, organic and conventional farmers, and wildlife and endangered species should preclude the agency from expanding approval of this toxic chemical cocktail before registration review is concluded and legal challenges resolves.
Inevitable increases in 2,4-D use will wreak havoc on our health and environment. 2,4-D is associated with increased cancer risks, especially for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It is also a potent neurotoxin and hormone-disruptor. Studies report that exposure to 2,4-D is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, reduced sperm counts, and birth defects. It is also a threat to farmworkers and their families who continue to be disproportionately affected by pesticide use.
Also concerning is the indiscriminate nature of GE gene contamination among crops, especially organic crops; 2,4-D drift has long been a known problem to off-site locations, impacts on endangered species and non-target crops, as well as the threat of dioxin contamination. 2,4-D and 2,4-D GE crops are not the solution for Roundup-resistant weeds spawned by Roundup Ready crops and failed GE technologies.
EPA has a statutory obligation to protect human health and the environment. I urge you to reject 2,4-D GE crops and instead focus on safer, sustainable, long-term solutions that utilize organic methods of production, including crop rotation, so that we can end the toxic treadmill for farmers and consumers alike.
Send your comment now!
For additional data and science to help you craft your comments to USDA, click here for Beyond Pesticides' fact sheet on new GE crops, or read Beyond Pesticides' comments to USDA on 2,4-D corn, filed last month.
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