Tell the USDA to Reject Agent Orange Corn and Soy!

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Dow AgriScience is pushing the USDA to approve "Agent Orange" corn and soybeans that have been genetically engineered to withstand 2,4-D — a harsh chemical that was used in the infamous Agent Orange defoliant used during the Vietnam War. If allowed, the use of 2,4-D would increase two to six times, having devastating effects on water, public health and even organic crops.

The USDA just finished its final step in the approval process. This is your last chance to tell the USDA to reject these GMO crops!

Read the message below, personalize as best as you can and click "Submit Comment" to tell the USDA to deny "Agent Orange" corn and soy.

Learn more: Agent Orange Corn and Soy and other Genetically Engineered Foods

Genetically engineered (GE) foods — also called genetically modified, or GMO — are foods that contain ingredients derived from crops that have been engineered with genetic material from another plant or animal species to exhibit a desired trait. Most commercial GMO crops are developed to be either herbicide tolerant, allowing herbicides to kill weeds without harming crops, or insect resistant, which make the plant produce a pesticide that kills pests.

The industry promotes genetic engineering as an environmentally responsible, profitable way for farmers to feed a growing global population. But despite all the hype, genetically engineered plants and animals do not perform better than their traditional counterparts, and they raise a slew of health, environmental and ethical concerns.

GMO crops pose a serious threat to non-GMO crops, especially organic farms. Farmers can face significant economic hardship if genetically engineered crops contaminate their non-GMO and organic crops or organic livestock feed. Cross pollination is so common that even Monsanto admits that "a certain amount of incidental, trace level pollen movement occurs."

"Agent Orange" corn and soy are crops that have been engineered to withstand 2,4-D, part of the harsh herbicide chemical Agent Orange that was infamously used during the Vietnam War. In addition to serious health risks such as non-Hodgkins lymphoma, proliferation of 2,4-D can increase surface water pollution, devastate organic farms and promote herbicide-resistant weeds.

The USDA just finished its final step in the approval process: the Environmental Impact Statement. Now farmers, farmworkers, consumers and environmental advocates will have 45 days to comment on the USDA’s EIS for Dow’s 2,4-D tolerant corn and soybean varieties. This is the public’s last opportunity to tell USDA to deny the approval of these genetically engineered crops!

Read more about Agent Orange corn and soy in our blog: 2014 Starts With a Biotech-sponsored Bang.

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Don't Approve 2,4-D-tolerant corn and soybean - Docket No. APHIS-2013-0042

Dear USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service,



The USDA must realize that the entire purpose of this 2,4-D tolerant crop -- to help with glyphosate-resistant weeds -- will be moot once these crops spur 2,4-D and multiple herbicide resistance in even more weed species. It's time for USDA to make the right decision for plant health, human health and all of agriculture by denying approval of Dow's 2,4-D tolerant corn and soybeans.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]