In Defiance of Sanity, USDA Approves Dow's Agent Orange GMO

by Rona Fried

Evidence of corporate control and disrespect for the desires of citizens is in full color today as the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the worst GMOs yet.

Dow AgroSciences won approval for its Agent Orange GMO over the objections of hundreds of thousands of Americans, health professionals and more than 50 members of Congress. 800-plus farmers filed an official petition with USDA, warning that if this GMO is introduced to the environment it will directly harm their crops, livelihoods and health.  This chemical arms race with weeds must stop, they say. 

Dow’s Enlist Duo corn and soybeans are genetically engineered to resist massive doses of a combination of 2,4-D- (an active ingredient in Agent Orange) and glyphosate (the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide).

The most potent GMO yet, it’s supposedly needed because weeds have adapted to "gentler" herbicides. Can you imagine turning to Agent Orange to kill weeds? USDA even admits using Enlist will lead to a 3-7-fold increase in pesticide use – and weeds will adapt to it too.

"Because 2,4-D is prone to drifting away from the field where it is applied, increased use of the herbicide will put grapes, tomatoes and all other specialty crops that are not engineered to withstand exposure to 2,4-D at risk," notes Food & Water Watch. 

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Ironically, when GMOs were first introduced in 1996, the propaganda used to sell them was that fewer chemicals and less spraying would be needed.

"USDA’s announcement is an outrageous abdication of USDA’s responsibility to protect our health and our food supply. The Obama Administration has ignored the interests and demands of millions of Americans, members of Congress, and scientists, farmers, and health professionals," says Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of Center for Food Safety.

"Farmers have been sold the lie that they can increase yields and prevent crop failure from weeds by buying Monsanto’s and Dow’s GMO seeds and dousing them in toxic poisons, also manufactured and sold by Monsanto and Dow. But just as scientists predicted, these "miracle" crops are evolving to resist the poisons thrown on them, causing the USDA and the EPA to approve increasingly toxic poisons to fight increasingly resistant weeds. Where does the escalation end?", retorts Ronnie Cummins, Director of the Organic Consumers Association.

And this stuff is going into the food system. As a systemic weed-killer, the chemicals aren’t just on the surface of plants, they spread throughout the interior – meaning, it’s in the food you eat (if you don’t stick with organic). Because of the widespread use of glyphosate, it’s now found in most peoples’ blood. 2,4-D causes even more concern because it is linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and more.

Add to that the galling request by Syngenta to the EPA – to raise allowable neonic pesticide levels – the group of pesticides that’s killing bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

GMO Labeling News

Dow’s approval makes it more urgent that GMO foods be labeled, and it’s on the ballot in November in Colorado and Oregon (where two counties banned GMO crops).

Activists in both states submitted about 156,000 signatures each for referendums expected to be flooded with corporate money from the Big Food, represented by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Big Pesticides, such as Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer and Dupont.

Food giants spending big include "sustainability leaders" Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Nestle, General Mills.

Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to require GMO labels. Luckily, they included a legal defense fund in the legislation because it didn’t take long for these same companies to file a lawsuit.

They won in Kauai County, Hawaii last month when a judge ruled in favor of GMO seed companies because the local ordinance is pre-empted by state law. The county’s law simply required companies to disclose their use of pesticides and GMO crops and those using large amounts keep a buffer zone around sensitive places like hospitals and schools! 

Read our article, DARK Act Anti-GMO Labeling Bill Introduced in Congress, about national legislation that would make these efforts illegal, and Global Coalition Forms to Take On GMO Agriculture.

Final Approval For Agent Orange GMO Rests With EPA

Now that the USDA and EPA have approved Enlist crops, EPA has to approve Dow’s request to use the herbicide on the crops.

Tell EPA NOT to approve it!:  

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Comments on “In Defiance of Sanity, USDA Approves Dow's Agent Orange GMO”

  1. Alex

    That means no more orange juice! If you drink this GMO orange juice you will probably get cancer. Goodbye orange juice!
    I wonder when are we going to united and fight against this Monsanto nonsense and the corruption! Of course there is corruption! When is it that we Americans are going to shut down our TV’s and go get our president to govern for us? Not for Monsanto! When?

  2. Virginia Culbert

    The most honest comment is “Are you crazy?” There are so many sound scientific reasons not to do this. Or are you just trying to kill us all?

  3. Marti Barnes

    One of my brothers has “Cancer” due to “Agent-Orange” exposure in Viet Nam. Now, we don’t have to go to Viet Nam to get exposed! How nice, USDA! We NO longer eat your crap you’re serving us up on your “silver-platter”!

  4. Skittz

    It seems that profits before people is a running trend in politics. Money=Power=Control over the poor. Monetary based economy is always going to put the dollar ahead of the person. That’s why it says “In God We Trust” and not “In Man We Hope he’ll do that right thing”

  5. James Laird

    How could this happen? More than a dozen former Monsanto employees, lobbyists, and attorneys currently are in the USDA and the FDA and in the US Senate and various other WH offices. Always follow the money. It always shows who is involved, how deeply, and why.

  6. margit

    How could this happen?! It could happen because they bought already your government! That’s how it happened! Sweet dreams everyone when dof you wake up?

  7. Amy

    I certainly did not think this could happen. I have to work harder one to bring in only organic foods to our table. Why don’t the farmers who have created this horror just hire able bodied men to pull the weeds. Have the men become to weakend. But no, it would be that they didn’t want to pay anyone to do the job.

  8. Sandy

    You can certainly tell who has been paid off to approve a pesticide that has main agent orange ingredient. How soon they forget what it did to soldiers fighting in Viet Nam. Shame on them.

  9. Dianna Pierce

    And they are keeping us sick. Does anyone realize that Monsanto is the bedfellow of BigPharma. Keeping up sick and getting us sicker – all through the food we eat. Delicious, popsicle and cake-cream flavored poison. Our pain and our sickness is all profit for them.

  10. McDuderson

    2,4-D is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world, and is the third most commonly used herbicide in North America. Agent Orange contained 2,4-D, but ALL of the health concerns related to Agent Orange were due to the other component, 2,4,5-T. So decrying this as being like Agent Orange is akin to calling water “a component of battery acid”. It is there, but it isn’t the dangerous part.

    More honest reporting would help your website maintain credibility.

  11. Dave

    I am dying of Dioxins from Agent Orange,I had three surgeries so far. It was made in Nitro, WV close to my home. I was stationed in Bien-Hoa Viet-Nam, the source of all Agent Orange flights.


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