The Environmental Protection Agency just issued final approval to Dow Chemical to sell a new toxic weedkiller combo for use on genetically engineered crops. The pesticide, called “Enlist”, is made of 2,4-D and glyphosate. 2,4-D was one-half of the herbicide Agent Orange that Dow manufactured and wrongly claimed was safe, and is highly toxic in itself.
Dow plans to sell Enlist alongside corn and soybeans that have been genetically engineered to survive high doses of this toxic chemical cocktail
When genetically engineered crops first came on the market, the agrochemical companies that produced them promised everything, from higher yields and drought resistance. But it turns out we were sold a bill of goods. Today’s GMO crops are engineered to tolerate more and more toxic chemical pesticides, which are sold and sprayed in ever greater volume. These contaminate our food and water and pose significant risk to developing infants and children.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that use of 2,4-D will triple by 2020, exposing communities near sprayed crops to EIGHT TIMES more chemicals than they are today.
This is a huge step backward that could have perilous consequences for public health: 2,4-D has been linked to an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, suppressed immune function and other serious health problems.
For your family and your health, do not consume non organically grown crops.
Please see our post on the Problem with Gluten and Glyphosate.