Target: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Goal: Stop high doses of a toxic pesticide with known health effects from being sprayed over corn crops.
The pesticide 2,4-D is a chemical previously used to make the fatal ‘Agent Orange’ during Vietnam warfare, is linked to cancers, causes reproductive issues, and will probably be used in copious amounts on our nation’s corn crop. Chemical corporations Dow and GE are pushing for 2,4-D resistant corn—meaning farmers will increase the amount of 2,4-D they spray on corn fields, because corn will be genetically designed to live through this increased chemical use. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is asking for comments from the public about this important agricultural decision, which will be made on February 27. Comments protesting this pesticide can be left at Regulations.gov.
2,4-D is used on crops to prevent weeds. In recent years, ‘superweeds’ have had a destructive effect on agriculture because, as their name implies, they grow incredibly fast with strength that breaks farm equipment and prevents plant growth. If 2,4-D is used gratuitously on corn, it will only prevent weed growth for a few years until weeds become resistant to this pesticide and are no longer effected by its use. Increasing the use of this pesticide only hurries this process, putting the public health at risk for a quick fix.
Dow and GE have a vested interest in 2,4-D resistant corn, as their profits will soar with the production of another genetically modified crop and the increased demand for this chemical. If 2,4-D resistant corn becomes deregulated by the USDA in February, it will not be long until soy and other crops undergo the same changes.
Sign the petition below to stop the deregulation of 2,4-D resistant corn. This harmful chemical is a danger to farmers who will have to work with it every day, and a danger to anyone who consumes it.
Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Do not allow the deregulation of 2,4-D resistant corn crops. The negative effects of 2,4-D outweigh the positive effects so drastically, making it blatant that this pesticide is not a solution, but a problem.
Tests indicate reproductive issues including birth defects, certain cancers, and general toxicity arise from the consumption of 2,4-D. It was 50% of the chemical Agent Orange, a fatal gas that reeked devastation during and after the Vietnam War, and has caused roughly 500,000 children to be born with birth defects. If America has once used a chemical to kill hundreds of thousands of people during war time, there is no way that it can justify willingly and knowingly coating our nation’s food with it.
Scientists project that weeds will develop a resistance to 2,4-D in a couple years. By that time 2,4-D will have no purpose in agriculture, yet it will have affected the health of millions of people. Say no to the deregulation of 2,4-D corn. DOW and GE will profit, but consumers will suffer.
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