USDA Weighs Approval for Corn Resistant To Notorious Herbicide

"Dow AgroSciences LLC is asking the Department of Agriculture to sign off on a new genetically engineered corn seed that is resistant to not only glyphosate, but also 2,4-D, a World War II-era chemical that has been associated with a host of serious health problems."

"[Iowa farmer George] Naylor fears that if the corn is approved, the use of 2,4-D will also shoot up, eventually leading to weeds that develop their own resistance to the chemical. Industry, he said, is on the verge of stepping onto a treadmill where stronger and more toxic chemicals will be used to combat increasingly resistant weeds -- at the expense of the environment and farmers' health."

Jeremy P. Jacobs reports for Greenwire March 15, 2012.

Friday, March 16, 2012