Dow AgroSciences wants to spray more harsh chemicals! Tell the EPA that “insufficient information” is not good enough!

Dear Agnieszka,
Dow’s GMO corn and soybeans haven’t even been approved and the company is already making requests to the EPA to spray more harsh chemicals throughout the entire growing season. Tell the EPA that poisoning our farmland is not the solution to our food problems!

With risks like lower sperm counts, hormone disruption and non-Hodgkins lymphoma…Truck spraying pesticides - herbicidesTell the EPA that additional harsh chemicals are too risky!


When I wrote to you in February I told you how Dow was requesting approval of genetically engineered corn and soy that would withstand the application of 2,4-D — one of the chemicals used in Agent Orange. I also told you that Dow’s new GMO corn and soy would likely lead to increased use of 2,4-D, which is dangerous both to human health and to nearby crops, vegetables and flowers.1
Well, here we are. While the approval of their GMO corn and soy is still pending, the industrial agribusiness and chemical company has asked the EPA to register its 2,4-D formulation in order to spray increased levels of the herbicide on even more U.S. farmland! Now the EPA is asking for your public input. Submit a comment today!
Despite the serious risks related to use of 2,4-D that have already been studied, the EPA’s environmental risk assessment is rife with words such as  “insufficient information,” “key uncertainties” and “information gaps.” In other words, the EPA has failed to properly analyze the impacts associated with the proposed spraying regimen. How could they possibly consider moving forward with Dow’s request to spray more 2,4-D? Tell the EPA that their lack of information makes it necessary to reject Dow AgroSciences’s request!
Previous studies show that 2,4-D can mess with your hormones, damage your nervous system, lower your immunity to illnesses and cause reproductive problems. In fact, studies found that men who applied 2,4-D had lower sperm counts and more sperm abnormalities than those unexposed to the herbicide.
Aside from its harmful links to endocrine and carcinogenic effects, 2,4-D is a very volatile herbicide, which can easily drift onto nearby crops, vegetables and flowers. Sadly, the EPA’s analysis is woefully incomplete and the agency’s proposal to approve the registration of Dow’s 2,4-D formulation will result in potential harm to humans, organic and specialty crop growers and the plants and animals we rely on for a balanced ecosystem.
The deadline for comments in Monday so please submit one today!

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Thanks for taking action,

Meredith Begin

Organizer, Education & Outreach

Food & Water Watch

mbegin(at)fwwatch(dot)org

 

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