Agent Orange Ingredient in Your Corn? Tell USDA - "Not on My Plate!"

Note: If you haven't already, please consider providing a public comment directly to USDA.

You can copy/paste the petition language below directly into the USDA docket, or utilize Beyond Pesticides 2,4-D corn fact sheet or our full draft comments to provide a more detailed comment to the agency.

USDA is set to allow the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) 2,4-D corn and soybean despite the inevitable dangers increased use of the herbicide 2,4-D will inflict on farmworkers, public health and the environment. As one half of the deadly defoliant Agent Orange, which decimated Vietnam’s forest ecosystems, and forever scarred  Vietnam war veterans, 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.

We should be eliminating the use of this chemical, not increasing our dependency on it in food production - especially given the success of organic production systems.

Dow AgroSciences, the company behind 2,4-D corn and soybean, is hoping to profit from the failures of Monsanto’s GE Roundup Ready crops, which have spawned a new generation of herbicide-resistant weeds throughout the country, making them more and more difficult for farmers to control. Industry advocates are now marketing 2,4-D crops as the solution to this epidemic in hopes 2,4-D would control these Roundup-resistant weeds.

Despite objections from consumer, farmworker and environmental groups, as well as medical professionals, USDA, as with other GE decisions, is gearing up to deregulate 2,4-D crops.

This would allow these herbicide-ready crops to be planted in communities across the United States without taking into account several scientifically-validated environmental concerns, such as:

Indiscriminate GE gene contamination, especially of organic crops;
Damaging 2,4-D drift;
Impacts on endangered species and non-target crops;
Dioxin contamination;
Heavy reliance on faulty data with high degree of uncertainties regarding human health and environmental impacts.

For additional data and science to help you craft your comments to USDA, click here for Beyond Pesticides' fact sheet on 2,4-D crops.

USDA is currently taking public comment on its draft Environmental Impact Statement for 2,4-D corn and soybean.

Comments can be submitted until midnight on March 11, 2014.

Beyond Pesticides encourages you to provide a public comment directly to USDA.
You can copy/paste the petition language below directly into the USDA docket.

However, if you're having trouble with the docket, you can sign on to Beyond Pesticides comments, summarized below.
To view a draft of our comments in their entirety, click here.

For more information about the hazards associated with GE agriculture, see Beyond Pesticides' Genetic Engineering webpage.

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