This may be our last chance to stop the next generation of GMO crops that would be even more damaging to the environment and the people who grow it.
2,4-D is a toxic herbicide associated with serious health impacts. Dow AgroScience created these 2,4-D resistant crops so farmers could spray it without killing their corn and soy. But when the same herbicide is sprayed on a field repeatedly, a few naturally resistant weeds survive, reproduce and eventually take over. Because farmers did this with Monsanto’s Roundup-resistant crops, fields across the U.S. are now choked with Roundup-resistant weeds.
Industry’s solution is to genetically engineer crops to resist a different, more toxic herbicide, to kill those resistant weeds but not the crops.
But make no mistake, these GMO crops will, like their predecessors, lead to much greater use of even more chemicals, the development of more herbicide-resistant weeds, destruction and genetic contamination of neighboring crops, and severe economic impacts on other farmers.
Please tell the USDA to look at the effects of high 2,4-D use and growing GMO crops on people, plants and wildlife before approving use of these crops. The USDA must do a thorough environmental review of these potential threats before allowing these crops to go to market.