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2,4-D Herbicide & GE Crops

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2,4-D Herbicide & GE Crops

2,4-D Herbicide & GE Crops

Take action to keep 2,4-D from tripling
Monday, June 2, 2014

A fight is brewing over Dow’s Enlist® Duo, an extraordinarily potent weed-killer designed to kill the new generation of so-called “superweeds” that have adapted to withstand blasts of Monsanto’s popular weed-killer RoundUp.   

Enlist Duo is composed of two harsh pesticides: 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, a herbicide invented in 1946 and long known to be toxic to people and the environment, and glyphosate, the main ingredient in RoundUp.

Dow AgroSciences (a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co.) has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow the mass distribution of its latest products:  genetically engineered corn and soy varieties created to resist 2,4-D as well as glyphosate.

Meanwhile, Dow intends to market Enlist® Duo to farmers so they can escalate their attacks on superweeds spurred by widespread RoundUp use.

It’s up to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to decide whether to approve Dow’s Enlist® Duo.

If the EPA approves Enlist® Duo and if the USDA allows the unregulated use of 2,4-D-resistant GE crops, nationwide use of 2,4-D could more than triple by 2020. Communities near 2,4-D-resistant corn and soybean fields would be exposed to eight times more 2,4-D than is now the case, according to the USDA, and even greater amounts, according to independent estimates. Americans’ exposure to this toxic herbicide would soar.

Click here to read EWG’s official comments to the EPA outlining how the agency’s risk assessment of Enlist Duo is too flawed to proceed. 

Click on the links below to read more about the hazards of 2,4-D herbicide and Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant crops to human and environmental health. 

 

Rise of Superweeds

Rise of Superweeds

Enlist® Duo promises to kill herbicide-resistant weeds, often called superweeds, which developed after farmers across the nation adopted Monsanto’s RoundUp® herbicide containing glyphosate and RoundUp Ready® crops starting in the late 1990s. Enlist® herbicide, a combination of the potent chemicals 2,4-D and glyphosate, is designed to be used in conjunction with 2,4-D and glyphosate-resistant corn and soybeans. 2,4-D may kill many weeds that can survive blasts of RoundUp® in the short term, but deploying it would perpetuate the superweed problem. Weeds would soon adapt to survive 2,4-D in addition to glyphosate.

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Human Health and 2,4-D

Human Health and 2,4-D

Researchers have linked 2,4-D to hypothyroidism, suppressed immune function, Parkinson’s disease, cancer and other serious disorders. For these reasons, environmental and public health activists have long campaigned to ban it.

Now the EPA is about to decide whether to approve Dow’s Enlist® Duo, which is composed of 2,4-D plus glyphosate. If that happens, it is likely that Enlist Duo will soon be used broadly across the U.S. The USDA and Dow AgroSciences estimate that if 2,4-D-resistant corn and soybeans are approved, in five years they could cover up to 75 million acres -- nearly half of the total corn and soybean acreage in the U.S. today. If these new varieties replace all glyphosate-resistant corn and soybeans where Monsanto’s RoundUp® herbicide is used today, up to 154 million acres of American farmland would be sprayed with 2,4-D. The USDA concludes that 2,4-D use is likely to triple and could increases much as seven-fold, dramatically intensifying Americans’ risk of exposure to this toxic chemical.

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Farming and 2,4-D

Farming and 2,4-D

America’s farm families and communities would be put at heightened risk by increased exposure to 2,4-D. Farmers would inhale it and get it on their skin while spraying it. The chemical could drift from sprayed fields into nearby neighborhoods. People would track it into their homes. The damage can reach beyond the farmers who live close to sprayed areas. In fact, once it is sprayed, 2,4-D can transform into a gas and float to both nearby and distant fields.

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Health and 2,4-D - Risks to Children

Health and 2,4-D - Risks to Children

The chemical 2,4-D has been linked to a number of health hazards, including disruption of hormones and reproductive functions, elevated risk of cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

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Pets, wildlife and 2,4-D

Pets, wildlife and 2,4-D

Dow’s Enlist Duo threatens household pets and other animals. Pets, farm animals and wild animals don’t know when and where a weed killer has been applied. They wander into 2,4-D-sprayed corn and soybean fields, roll on 2,4-D-treated lawns, eat 2,4-D on foliage and drink water contaminated with 2,4-D. For these reasons, they are often exposed to more intense concentrations of herbicides and insecticides than people.

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