Mar 17 2014
Even though awareness of the ill effects of pesticides is greater than ever and more of us these days are inclined toward organic, toxin-free food, none of that matters to Dow Chemical. One of the largest chemical companies in the world, Dow is chomping at the bit for approval of a new herbicide and genetically engineered seed duo that it has spent years developing. The herbicide includes a chemical called 2,4-D – the same chemical that was used in the notorious chemical weapon called Agent Orange, used by the US in Vietnam and that has been known to cause severe health and reproductive problems.
For years Monsanto had the monopoly on GE seeds that farmers could liberally spray its pesticide Roundup on, killing off the weeds while leaving plants intact. But overuse of Roundup has led to the development of new herbicide resistant super weeds. Dow’s release of it’s “Enlist” herbicide-seed duo is expected to drive up use of the dangerous chemical by hundreds of percent, potentially leading to even stronger weeds that threaten agriculture altogether, and poison the planet faster.
GUEST: Genna Reed, Lead GMO Researcher for Food and Water Watch
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