The USDA and the EPA have failed us. It’s time for President Obama to step in. Please send a letter to President Obama and ask him to stop the toxic madness!
After you send your letter, please take a moment to call the White House hotline at 202.456.1111 and leave a message. You can say something like:
“I’m calling to urge President Obama to stop the approval of Dow’s “Enlist Duo” herbicide and reverse USDA’s approval of 2,4-D-resistant corn and soybeans. Enlist Duo contains 2,4-D, a chemical that has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems, and glyphosate, the focus of multiple recent studies linking the toxin to a host of illnesses. Please protect our health, and the health of the environment, by rejecting Dow’s latest request to escalate the use of this be-killing pesticide.”
The USDA admits that if the new crops are approved, the annual use of 2,4-D would jump from 26 million pounds to 176 million pounds.
Independent scientists predict the spike in the use of 2,4-D would be even more dramatic.
The proliferation of Roundup Ready crops caused a 527-million-pound increase in the use of glyphosate in the first 16 years, between 1996 and 2011. If farmers start growing Dow’s Enlist brand corn and soy, experts estimate the use of 2,4-D could increase by up to 50 times.
Please ask President Obama to stop the toxic madness!
Here is the suggested letter to send to President Obama:
Dear President Obama:
I urge you to step in and stop Dow Chemical’s 2,4-D resistant genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybeans, and the toxic herbicide mixture they rely on, Enlist Duo. USDA approved these risky crops last month despite half a million public comments, letters from scientists and health care professionals, and even a letter from 60 members of Congress in opposition. EPA is about to follow suit and approve Dow’s new 2,4-D-glyphosate herbicide mix intended for use on these GE crops.
If you allow EPA to approve this herbicide mix, tens of millions of pounds more 2,4-D will be sprayed on these new crops. 2,4-D would contaminate our food, water and atmosphere. Medical scientists have found that 2,4-D exposure is associated with higher rates of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and reproductive problems. Dow’s 2,4-D resistant crops and 2,4-D herbicide mix pose a grave threat to our nation’s agricultural, environmental, and human health.
I urge you to stop the approval of Enlist Duo herbicide and reverse USDA’s approval of 2,4-D-resistant corn and soybeans.
Thanking you in advance,
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