USDA Ignores Critiques of New Pesticide-Resistant GMO Crops (Project Censored #12)

By Stephanie Santiago & Elliot D. Cohen | * Project Censored

Despite nearly 400,000 petition signatures from citizens, health professionals, and farmers expressing public opposition, in September 2014 the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a new generation of genetically engineered corn and soybeans, created by the biotech company Dow AgroSciences. The new Enlist brand seeds will tolerate a new weed killer also engineered by Dow, called Enlist Duo, which combines for the first time two common herbicides: 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, a component of the toxic Agent Orange herbicide used during the Vietnam War, and glyphosate, the key element in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. Since some weeds have developed resistance to either 2,4-D or glyphosate, Dow’s Enlist Duo aimed to combine the two into a single, more effective herbicide.

The USDA approved the new Enlist Duo–resistant seeds even though it acknowledged that this approval “could increase use of 2,4-D by as much as 600 percent and possibly affect nearby crops such as tomatoes and grapes not engineered to resist the chemical,” according to Anastasia Pantsios’s reporting. Her report continued:

As farmers have been encouraged to devote more and more acres to single crops (aka “monocropping”) and use huge doses of glyphosate-based herbicides to deal with weeds, so-called “superweeds” have cropped up that are resistant to the herbicides. But many farmers and food safety advocates fear that increased applications of more powerful herbicides will only cause more resistant weeds to appear.

2,4-D not only threatens crop integrity, but is also associated with public safety risks, including various forms of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, hormone disruption, and birth defects.

Spokespersons for numerous organizations, including the Center for Food Safety and the Organic Consumers Association, condemned the USDA decision, Pantsios reported. “The USDA ignored public opposition and its responsibility to protect public health and agriculture,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch. She called the approval of 2,4-D–ready crops “one of the most negligent decisions that the USDA has made in the nearly twenty years since genetically engineered crops have been on the market.”

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Originally entitled: “#12 Seeds of Doubt: USDA Ignores Popular Critiques of New Pesticide-Resistant Genetically Modified Crops”

Sources:

Anastasia Pantsios, “USDA Approves Controversial GMO Corn and Soy,” EcoWatch, September 18, 2014, http://ecowatch.com/2014/09/18/usda-dow-gmo-corn-soy-glyphosate.

Mary Ellen Kustin and Soren Rundquist, “Elementary School Students at Increased Pesticide Risk,” Environmental Working Group, August 14, 2014, http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2014/08/elementary-school-students-increased-pesticide-risk.

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Robert O’Leary, JD BARA, has had an abiding interest in alternative health products & modalities since the early 1970’s & he has seen how they have made people go from lacking health to vibrant health. He became an attorney, singer-songwriter, martial artist & father along the way and brings that experience to his practice as a BioAcoustic Soundhealth Practitioner, under the tutelage of the award-winning founder of BioAcoustic Biology, Sharry Edwards, whose Institute of BioAcoustic Biology has now been serving clients for 30 years with a non-invasive & safe integrative modality that supports the body’s ability to self-heal using the power of the human voice. Robert brings this modality to serve clients in Greater Springfield (MA), New England & “virtually” the world, with his website, www.romayasoundhealthandbeauty.com. He can also be reached at romayasoundhealthandbeauty@gmail.com

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  1. 975394419166087@facebook.com' Richard Finetto says:

    That’s cause all the Monsanto scum in the current administration.

  2. 10206854079087733@facebook.com' Christy Thompson says:

    Citizens United pretty much put the nail in the coffin for us 🙁

  3. 10207951003523520@facebook.com' David Copping says:

    If acceptable testing is undertaken which demonstrates no effects. What then?

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