Stop Monsanto and Dow using corn genetically engineered for dangerous herbicides
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Stop Monsanto and Dow using corn genetically engineered for dangerous herbicides

    1. Roger Harris
    2. Petition by

      Roger Harris

      Raleigh, NC

Dow Chemical and Monsanto are seeking FDA approval to use a genetically-engineered corn that is tolerant to the herbicide 2-4D.

We'll present this petition to the FDA to ask them to disallow approval.

As a biologist and scientist, I am not against technology, or even genetic engineering.

However, this application of genetic engineering is dangerous. Worse, it is motivated by profiteering for shareholders, and not for any pressing agricultural need. This is not about feeding people. It's about creating new revenue streams, ROI, enhancing shareholder equity, blah, blah. Certainly it isn't good science. Why? If Dow and Monsanto get the go-ahead, they will have a corn strain that is resistant to 2-4D, a chemical that was the primary constituent of Agent Orange. During the Vietnam War, US aircraft sprayed hundreds of thousands of tons Agent Orange as a defoliant. Today, the Vietnamese in affected areas are still suffering the effects.

You see, Dow and Monsanto will tell you that 2-4D is not especially poisonous. You'd need about 2 ounces to kill a person. And it degrades in the soil quite quickly. What they won't tell you about are the horrific birth defects caused by the chemical. In Vietnam today, more than 40 years later, people are still living with the ghastly consequences of this chemical. Are they, you ask? Google "2-4D birth defects vietnam" (without quotes) and see what comes up. Moreover, 2-4D is a known carcinogen, causing deaths from cancer many years after exposure. The Chicago Tribune ran a series of articles documenting the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnamese farming communities. Here's the link. (Be warned, it's heavy going.)

Help put a stop to this greed at the expense of our health and our children's health. It's bad science and bad for people.

Sign this petition today, and let the FDA know that we, the public, are knowledgable, engaged and against Dow and Monsanto sacrificing our future for the benefit of their shareholders. Please sign right away, since the period for public comments ends April 27, and we will need to present the petition by then.

PS If you want to comment individually, you can do so on the FDA website:

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    Reasons for signing

    • John Williams PLACERVILLE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is going too far. The long term costs are very likely to exceed the benefits. Anyone who doesn't profit directly from the business end of approving this corn into widespread use , from the sale of the seeda or the increased use of dangerous pesticides should be against this approval. I believe they would be if the public was better informed. That they are not reflects government bias and institutional irresponsibility.

    • Jerry Steele OAK PARK, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because we need less chemicals and more old fashioned farming. We also don't need more corn crops in this country. Especially industrialized corn that feeds the nation's obesity problem.

    • Catherine Stamm LAKE HOPATCONG, NJ
      • over 2 years ago

      Now Monsanto's GMO can't stop weeds; in 10 years the Dow poison won't work. In the meantime, these crops and the defoliants they're resistant to contaiminate other crops, poison people, water, animals, and insects, but makes the chemical companies enormous profits and gives them the power over the world's food supply.

    • Kevin Nelson REDWOOD, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      My friend died in June 2002, riddled with cancer from Agent Orange exposure as a Marine in Vietnam. Monsanto is criminal and evil. Their plan is to make sure no one anywhere can plant seeds other than theirs.

    • Melani Weber PLYMOUTH, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      I am appalled at Monsanto's greed and lack of concern for the public.


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