Tell USDA to reject Dow’s 2,4-D soybeans!


2, 4-d spray

Dow has introduced another product in its suite of 2,4-D-resistant GE seeds. First corn, now soy. Both products in the pipeline are very bad ideas, and — should USDA approve them — will dramatically drive up the use of this antiquated, dangerous herbicide. 

Scientists warn that 2,4-D corn alone could increase the herbicide's use by 30-fold, and soybeans will cause an even more severe spike. More widespread use will destroy vulnerable crops, while placing the burden of increased costs and health risks on farmers and rural communities.

With superweeds and superbugs emerging all over the country, Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready strategy of stacking seeds with herbicide-resistant traits is fast coming apart. Instead of abandoning a losing strategy, Dow is trying hard to get us all running faster on the same broken pesticide treadmill.

Tell USDA to reject this new herbicide-resistant crop.

Dow aims to get 2,4-D-resistant corn and soy to market as soon as possible, with cotton likely on its way in 2015. Now is the time to say no to this pipeline of bad ideas.

Please sign below and urge USDA to say no to Dow's 2,4-D soy.

United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Gregory Parham, Administrator, APHIS
Tom Vilsack, Secretary, USDA

Subject: Docket No. APHIS-2012-0032; APHIS-2012-0019

Dear Secretary Vilsack and Administrator Parham,

We are writing to urge you not to deregulate a new generation of genetically engineered crops designed to survive repeated spraying of the herbicide 2,4-D.

Simply put, 2,4-D resistant seeds are a bad idea. Allowing these seeds on the market will drive up use of an antiquated, dangerous herbicide that is associated with cancer, reproductive toxicity and endocrine disruption.

The history of glyphosate use in conjunction with RoundUp Ready crops tells us that widespread planting of 2,4-D resistant soy will lead inevitably to a surge in 2,4-D application.

2,4-D is well known to drift, both directly and through volatilization. This will devastate adjacent ecosystems and poses a very real threat to rural economies and farmers growing non-2,4-D-resistant crops. Conventional farmers will lose crops while organic farmers will lose both crops and certification, resulting in an economic unraveling of already-stressed rural communities.

2,4-D resistant soy follows the same short-sighted approach to farming taken by Monsanto's "RoundUp Ready" seed line, which was engineered to resist glyphosate. The RoundUp Ready seed line is responsible for new breeds of superweeds and superbugs that have afflicted millions of acres of farmland across the Midwest and South. Please don't make the same mistake in approving 2,4-D-tolerant GE crops.

We urge USDA to reject Dow’s petition for approval of its 2,4-D resistant seed lines (whether corn, soy or cotton) and to devote more attention instead to research and development of safe and smart 21st century ecological approaches to weed management. These approaches can protect public health, conserve the environment and assure sustainable crop production by America’s farmers for generations to come.

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