Target: Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Goal: Protest the approval of a dangerous pesticide linked to cancer and other diseases
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently approved of Dow AgroSciences’ herbicide Enlist Duo, a nasty chemical that scientists have stated can cause health problems for humans and the environment. The herbicide was specifically approved for use on corn and soybean crops. Not only did the EPA not fully consider the impacts the herbicide has on humans, it did not consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service on the matter before its approval.
Enlist Duo’s main ingredient is known as 2, 4-D, which was also used in Agent Orange. As many are aware, Agent Orange was one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the United States military in the Vietnam War. Studies have shown that 2, 4-D causes disruptions to hormonal and reproductive function, as well as being linked to cancer, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, and a myriad of other health issues. Additionally, it can also cause a disruption to animals in the environment.
So far, the EPA has approved of only six states to allow the use of Enlist Duo, but it is expected to give approval to other states in the near future. This is a huge mistake given what the risks are to humans and the environment. The aftermath of Agent Orange from the Vietnam War should be proof enough that this herbicide is not one to take lightly. Not only should this herbicide be prohibited in the six states that recently gained approval, it should be prohibited everywhere. Our health and the health of the environment should not be overlooked due to the persuasive power of big agricultural companies pushing for the approval of a volatile herbicide. Please sign the petition below to protest the dangerous approval of a herbicide that can pose a deadly threat to humans and the environment.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
I am very concerned over the recent approval of Enlist Duo, the herbicide that contains the same ingredient as Agent Orange. The Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider the potential danger that this herbicide poses to the environment and to humans, and the EPA also did not consult the Fish and Wildlife Service before its approval.
With studies linking Enlist Duo to cause cancer, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other health problems, isn’t it vital that we conduct proper studies before approving of this dangerous herbicide? Please take the proper action to rectify this potentially deadly mistake and stop the spread of Enlist Duo to other states.
[Your Name Here]
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