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The petition from Dow AgroScience before USDA (docket No. APHIS-2010-0103) is the first of next generation genetically engineered (GE) crops designed to survive application of even more toxic herbicides. In the case of this petition, the GE trait confers tolerance to 2,4-D, an antiquated herbicide linked to cancer, reproductive toxicity, and endocrine disruption. Herbicide-tolerant crops have proven to be a short-lived technology that compounds weed problems and increases herbicide use. Yet the biotechnology industry’s answer is more of the same. Adding another GE corn trait to the marketplace also exacerbates ongoing challenges to protect the genetic integrity of organic and other non-GMO corn seed, adding more costs and risks for organic farmers, companies, and their customers.
Tell USDA that its job is to look out for the best interest and health of farmers, farm workers, and their families and communities, not the bottom line of chemical companies.