Agent Orange Soy: Just Another Day at USDA
Aug 14, 2012 | Alliance for Natural Health
The poison can drift up to 100 miles, and may be in your water!
Remember our article from February
about the strain of corn that has been genetically engineered to
withstand the herbicide 2,4-D, one of the active ingredients in Agent
Orange? Here’s the sequel: Dow AgroSciences has petitioned USDA for the deregulation of a new genetically engineered soybean seed
that is resistant to the same infamous herbicide. Agent Orange, you may
recall, was used in Vietnam as chemical warfare, and devastated a
generation of both the Vietnamese and the American soldiers who used it.
The USDA has already released a plant pest assessment stating that “the DAS-68416-4 soybean is highly unlikely to pose a plant pest risk.” The agency’s draft environmental assessment
stated that their “preferred alternative” was to deregulate. Even so,
we need to file our protests now. This will also lay the groundwork for
possible later court action.
Deregulation of this toxic new
soybean seed would be a financial boon for Dow. About half of all US
farmland is planted in corn and soy, and about 90 percent of soy and 70
percent of corn are from Monsanto’s “Roundup Ready” seeds—that is,
they’ve been engineered to withstand Roundup, Monsanto’s herbicide. The
problem, as we’ve noted before,
is that “superweeds” are becoming resistant to Roundup. So Dow has
genetically engineered a soybean that can withstand an even more toxic
herbicide, 2,4-D, the Agent Orange ingredient. This gives Dow a chance to make a tidy profit and try to grab some of the market from Monsanto.
This poison has been shown to get into drinking water, and has a tendency to drift up to 100 miles on the breeze. It has been shown to cause non-Hodgkins lymphoma
and to act as an endocrine disruptor. It is carcinogenic, a neurotoxin,
causes liver and kidney damage, and produces birth defects. Nor is
there any research on how 2,4-D and glyphosate affect human and wildlife
health in combination.
USDA’s comment period for this new genetically engineered soy is now
open. Please write the agency today and ask them not to deregulate this
soybean and open the way for widespread use of this Agent Orange
herbicide! Please take action today!