Dow and USDA hope to quietly approve a new genetically engineered seed line that basically swaps RoundUp (glyphosate) out and an even worse weedkiller (2,4-D) in. We don't have much time to stop this.
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. Farmers across the Midwest and South are losing their fields to superweeds so formidable and fast-spreading that they break farm machinery, disrupt irrigation and more. But instead of abandoning a losing strategy, Dow is trying hard to get us all running faster on the same broken pesticide treadmill.
Tell USDA that you want off this ride. USDA opened a public comment period over the holiday break, as the Agency tends to do for controversial decisions they want to bury. But we’re paying attention. Dow aims to get 2,4-D-resistant corn to market this year, soy next year and cotton in 2015. Now is the time to say no.
Genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant seeds are the growth engines of the pesticide industry’s market strategy. Blocking their release into the marketplace enables us to head the pesticide industry off at the pass. More to the point, keeping 2,4-D resistant seeds in the bottle — and relying on 21st century ecological science and practice rather than WWII-era chemicals — gives us a chance to jump off the pesticide treadmill and protect ourselves from the suite of human health effects associated with 2,4-D: reproductive toxicity, endocrine (hormone system) disruption and cancer.
Please sign this petition to USDA urging the agency to say no to Dow's 2,4-D corn.