We’ve probably all heard about Agent Orange, what it was used for and about its effects.
What many of you may not know, and what I’ve only heard of yesterday, is that, because Round Up and other herbicides have given us super weeds, the Obama administration expects to approve corn and soybeans that have been genetically engineered by Dow Chemical company to tolerate the toxic herbicide 2,4-D, which is the one half of Agent Orange.
I realize that Agent Orange consists of 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T, but why would anyone want to bring poisons like that anywhere near our nature, our people, our air, our food chain, our water?
The answer is that there is money in it. Dow Chemicals doesn’t engineer plants like that out of the goodness of their hearts.
Chemical companies have tried to convince us that the use of engineered plants would mean less herbicides on our fields, but that’s not how it turned out.
According to Charles Benbrook, who used to be an executive director of the National Academy of Sciences:
“Genetically engineered crops have been responsible for an increase of 383 million pounds of herbicide use in the U.S. over the first 13 years of commercial use of GE crops.”
It’s an increase, so they use even more than that, and guess who’s providing those herbicides? Yes, the same companies who gave us the GE crops! They are laughing all the way to the bank while they leave us and all future generations with huge problems.
If you live in the US, you can use the following URL and tell the USDA that you don’t want 2,4-D-Resistant Corn and Soybean Varieties in America and why at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS-2013-0042-0050
Ocean Robbins over at the food revolution.org wrote about this. In case you would like to know more about what’s going on, please go to: http://www.foodrevolution.org/blog/agent-orange-corn/
If you have the stomach for it, you can go to Wikipedia and read about the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Orange
In my opinion the bosses of Dow Chemicals and Monsanto belong in jail. Put them there and throw away the keys. But that’s just me.