Deny Dow's petition to approve 2,4-D resistant corn
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Deny Dow's petition to approve 2,4-D resistant corn

    1. George Naylor
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      George Naylor

I've been raising corn and soybeans on my family's farm for 35 years. I want to tell you that this nation's farmland — our countryside — is already being sprayed with too many toxic pesticides. While I don't raise corn and soybeans that are genetically modified (GMOs), most corn and soybeans are GMOs engineered to be herbicide-resistant; they lead to more spraying of weedkillers and are accelerating the industrialization of agriculture and the extinction of family farms.

 Now, Dow and USDA hope to quietly approve a new line of seeds genetically engineered to be herbicide resistant, basically swapping Monsanto’s RoundUp (glyphosate) out with an even worse weedkiller (2,4-D).

We have until April 27, when the public comment period closes, to tell USDA this is a bad idea.

 We saw the disastrous results from Monsanto’s line of “RoundUp Ready” corn and soybeans. Since corn and soybeans are often rotated year after year, millions of acres of corn and soybeans were drenched with glyphosate. Some weeds survived and their seeds then started growing populations of superweeds that glyphosate won't kill, leading to "solutions" like spraying at higher rates and adding other chemicals to the spray tank.

Now, guess what the chemical industry has in mind to solve this huge new weed problem their products created? More of the same! They’re working to get approval of more genetically engineered crops that are resistant to other powerful and toxic weedkillers like 2,4-D.

Dow AgroScience, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical, wants to market a new genetically engineered corn that will be resistant to its brand of the very powerful and toxic 2,4-D. This weedkiller was one of the components of Agent Orange that our military sprayed to defoliate forests in the Vietnam War.

Many farmers are frightened that the drift from increased applications of 2,4-D threatens to damage their crops, particularly fruits and vegetables, and even make organic crops unmarketable. I worry about all the drift and fumes getting into our eyes and lungs, especially for kids, since 2,4-D is linked to human health effects like reproductive toxicity, endocrine (hormone system) disruption and cancer.

If USDA gives Dow permission to market this high-tech seed, even more toxic chemicals will cover the countryside, pollute its air and water and drifting onto neighboring crops. And of course, weeds will eventually become resistant to 2,4-D too, for which the chemical companies will design more genetically modified varieties and toxic pesticides.

Please send comments before April 27 to USDA expressing your belief that the new Dow 2,4-D resistant corn should not be allowed on the market. You will be doing something important for both farmers and consumers, not to mention our children's planet and their health.

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    • Karen Piccalo WARREN, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      This all has to do with our health. Without our health, we have nothing. STOP making money regardless of what it does to our health and envirnment.

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    • May Eliza TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I've had enough of corporations messing with something that affects all of us so greatly - our food.

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    • Karen Dunham WALLA WALLA, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I don't think we have research or data to know what the long term effects of this would be to the ecosystem. The increase in diseases in animals and humans brings the questions of contamination for economic reasons to bear - Round-up is already losing effectiveness against some weeds - weeds are survivors - can humans survive this manipulation and privatization of food? Corn - fed to beef cattle whose digestive systems are in turmoil as a result, additive to many foods as filler and sweetener when obesity is a major health problem - there are better possibilities at much less cost to consumer's health and budget.

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    • Alex Long DRIFTWOOD, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Subject: Docket No. APHIS-2010-0103

      I am writing to urge you not to approve Dow’s genetically modified corn designed to survive the toxic herbicide 2,4-D. As you know, it was a major component of Agent Orange, the chemical defoliant used by the U.S. military in Vietnam.

      The scientific community has sounded alarms about the dangers of 2,4-D for decades. Numerous studies link 2,4-D exposure to cancer, lowered sperm counts, liver toxicity and Parkinson’s disease. Laboratory studies show that 2,4-D causes endocrine disruption, reproductive problems, neurotoxicity, and immunosuppression.

      Commercial approval of Dow’s corn will trigger a large increase in 2,4-D use, yet USDA has failed to conduct a meaningful review of the resulting harm to the crops of nearby farmers, to native ecosystems, or from the evolution of weeds resistant to 2,4-D.

      Approval of this patented GM crop will enrich Dow Chemical at the expense of farmers, consumers, and our environment. I urge USDA to deny approval of 2,4-D resistant GM corn.

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    • Debra Chilson JUPITER, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      We live in the greatest country that gives us the freedom to openly speak our minds. We as consumers need to start speaking up with our wallets!!!! Thats the only way those greedy politicians will ever hear what wehave to say. STOP SPRAYING CHEMICALS ON OUR FOOD!

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