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Dow AgroScience has created a strain of soybean that has
been genetically engineered to withstand an herbicide called 2,4-D, a known
carcinogen and one of the two ingredients in the infamous Agent Orange. Dow is
now seeking to freely use this 2,4-D-resistant soybean. GE modification to
create resistance means they will be free to use ever-increasing amounts of the
herbicide, with no limits whatsoever.
These new herbicide-resistant crops will be planted
alongside conventional and organic crops. This increases the potential for
cross-contamination, and for the spillover of toxic herbicides into the
groundwater and neighboring farms.
Please write to USDA and protest this plan. Point out the
serious health problems linked to 2,4-D, the danger of cross-pollination and
contamination of surrounding farmland by the herbicides, as well as the
environmental unsustainability of creating new GE seeds to withstand
increasingly poisonous herbicides.
Re: Dow AgroScience, LLC, Soybean Genetically Engineered for Herbicide Tolerance (Docket No. APHIS-2012-0019)
Dear [Decision Maker],
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]