Reject the Next Generation of GMO Crops and Pesticides
- by: Earthjustice
- target: President Obama and USDA Secretary Vilsack
Biotech corn will damage the environment and the people who grow it.
The USDA is poised to allow farmers to plant 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) resistant corn and soy. This would allow farmers to plant these crops wherever they please without any government oversight, disregarding the harms they will cause.
The toxic herbicide, 2,4-D, is associated with serious health impacts. New GMO crops have been created to resist 2,4-D so farmers could spray the herbicide without killing their corn and soy. But when the same herbicide is sprayed on a field repeatedly, a few naturally resistant weeds survive 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 more toxic herbicide to kill those resistant weeds but not the crops.
Make no mistake, these GMO crops will, like their predecessors, lead to greater use of even more dangerous chemicals, the development of more herbicide-resistant weeds, genetic contamination of neighboring crops, and severe economic impacts on other farmers.
Take action today: Tell the USDA to deny approval of these crops.
Dear President Obama and USDA Secretary Vilsack,
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I urge the U.S. Department of Agriculture to reject approval of new genetically engineered crops resistant to 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), and not allow them on the market without ANY government oversight.
2,4-D is a toxic herbicide associated with serious health risks. These GMO crops will also, like their predecessors, lead to much greater use of even more dangerous chemicals, the development of more herbicide-resistant weeds, destruction and genetic contamination of neighboring crops, and severe economic impacts on other farmers.