Stop Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant corn & soy

Last week, USDA took a big step towards approving Dow’s controversial new genetically engineered seeds: 2,4-D-resistant corn and soy. As we know from Monsanto’s “RoundUp Ready” crops, greenlighting these seeds will lead to a massive increase in the use of 2,4-D, a harmful and hazardous chemical.
Simply put, 2,4-D-resistant crops are a very bad idea. People across the country — including farmers and healthcare professionals — are incredibly concerned.
Speak up! » Before USDA finalizes this decision, join us in urging the agency to keep 2,4-D seeds off the market and out of the ground. Approving these seeds will threaten the health of rural communities and the livelihood of farmers — and pave the way for other herbicide-resistant GE seeds waiting in the wings.
The stakes are staggering. Noted agricultural scientist Charles Benbrook projects that widespread planting of Dow’s 2,4-D corn could trigger a 25-fold increase in the pesticide's use, from today’s estimated 4.2 million pounds to over 100 million pounds by 2019.
And as with Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready lines, there will be unintended consequences. Only this time, the fallout will be even worse. Here’s why:

- 2,4-D is a very toxic herbicide. It’s a reproductive toxicant, suspected endocrine disruptor and probable carcinogen. Children are particularly susceptible.
- 2,4-D will drift off of target crops. Broadleaf plants like tomatoes, grapes, beans, cotton and non-GE soy are particularly at risk. Conventional farmers will lose crops, while organic farmers will lose both crops and certification.
- 2,4-D-resistant “superweeds” will spread, just as RoundUp-resistant weeds have taken over farms and countryside across the U.S.

Tell USDA to stand with farmers » Farmers and rural communities will bear the burden of the increased 2,4-D use, while Dow will reap the benefit through increased marketshare. 2,4-D is a dangerous, antiquated herbicide that shouldn’t be on the market at all. Approving GE seeds that will dramatically drive up its use just doesn't make sense.

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