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Take Action Against Dow Chemical and Monsanto ‘Agent Orange’ GMO Crops

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April 24th, 2012
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By: Cassandra Anderson

hourglass 220x137 Take Action Against Dow Chemical and Monsanto Agent Orange GMO CropsYou can help to hold the USDA and Dow Chemical accountable simply by posting your comments on the official public record of Dow Chemical’s petition with the USDA to approve their 2,4-D herbicide resistant GMO crops (remember that 2,4-D herbicide is half of the recipe for Agent Orange).

The USDA is required to respond to all UNIQUE comments publicly.  Therefore, it is essential that you write your own message in addition to using any of the issues listed below. It’s also important to note that comments close April 27th, so make sure to get them in today. It’s simple to do, and you can view the list of issues and links below. Simply go to the USDA website to leave your comments and take action!

Here is a list of issues concerning the new dangerous 2,4-D herbicide resistant crops and source links that we encourage you to use, along with your own message, in your comments to the USDA:

Effects on human health:

  • I am demanding a full Environmental Impact Statement on these crops because they can affect human health.
  • What are the cumulative effects for these crops and the increase in 2,4-D herbicide usage?
  • EPA documents show that 2,4-D herbicide is the seventh largest source of dioxin in the US.

 Pollution of the environment:

  • EPA documents reveal that 2,4-D agricultural runoff has polluted groundwater across the US.  Dioxin has a half-life of more than 100 years when leached into soil and embedded in water systems.  Additionally, when contaminated fish are used as a food source, humans absorb dioxin.

Ramped up 2,4-D herbicide in crops:

  • The commercialization of GMO 2,4-D herbicide resistant crops will dramatically increase the usage of 2,4-D herbicide that is linked to dioxin to be used on food crops.

Dioxin in diet and food sources:

  • The FDA admits that 95% of human dioxin absorption is from diet, especially animal fats.  Corn and other crops are used for animal feed and dioxin levels are likely to rise in animals if they are fed 2,4-D herbicide resistant GMO crops, due to increased herbicide use.

Connection to cancer and birth defects:

  • The EPA says that dioxin increases risk of cancer and current dioxin levels are already “uncomfortably” close to dangerous levels that can cause other health damage.
  • EPA admits that dioxin in 2,4-D causes blood, liver and kidney toxicity in addition to birth defects in lab-tested animals.
  • The Veteran’s Administration recognizes these diseases that have resulted from Agent Orange exposure (2,4-D is half of the recipe of Agent Orange): Amyloidosis, chronic B-cell leukemias, chloracne, diabetes mellitus type 2, Hodgkin’s Disease, ischemic heart disease, multiple myeloma, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, Parkinson’s Disease, peripheral neuropathy, liver dysfunction, prostate cancer, respiratory cancers (including lung), soft tissue sarcomas and birth defects in subsequent generations.
  • The USDA has failed to require tests of how 2,4-D herbicide and Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide interact synergistically in the environment and in humans, which may present a real danger.

Take action on the USDA comments website:

http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=APHIS-2010-0103-0001

Please note that your comments should contain an original message by you (instead of a form letter) so that it is counted as a unique message requiring a response from the USDA. It’s also important to be aware that only your name, city and country are required information, the rest of your personal information like your home address and e-mail are voluntary.

Personal stories of individuals affected by agent orange:

Vietnam Veteran suffers from cancer and heart disease.  His daughter is afflicted with birth defects.  He explains how Vietnam Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange.

Vietnam Veteran suffers from ischemic heart disease and is receiving aid from the Veterans Administration that now recognizes this disease is linked to dioxin exposure from Agent Orange.

Vietnamese family struggles with 2 children that have severe birth defects from Agent Orange.  Currently, many children are still being born with serious Agent Orange birth defects in Vietnam.

Daughter of Vietnam Veteran who died from a heart attack at age 56 describes her injuries resulting from Agent Orange in the second generation.

Please do your part to stop the USDA from approving these dangerous crops!  Here’s the USDA link again:

 Take action now!

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  1. Jennifer says:

    The link takes you to their website but then says the page cannot be found. I cannot comprehend why in the world anyone would use Agent Orange on crops after all we know about it and its effects on Veterans. Its an outrage. If its not something you would feed your family, then its not something that you should do. I was in the military and now have fibromyalgia like so many others these days. I don't know how or why I have it. It almost completely disabled me. I fight every day to just get out of bed. We have to do something to stop these idiots.

  2. von jones says:

    I WORKED AT EGLIN AFB 1963 TO 1981 . WE TESTED AGENT ORANGE PURPLE PINK GREEN BLUE WHITE ON TEST AREA C52A BEFORE IT WAS SENT TO VEITNAM.THE US GOVERNMENT US AIR FORCE AND ALL THE MAKERS OF THESE DIOXINS SHOULD BE HELD RESPONSIBLE. ME AND MY COWORKERS WERE SPRAYED DAILY FOR YEARS. I NOW HAVE CANCER 30 TO 40 PEOPLE THAT I WORKED WITH HAVE DIED OF VARIOUS CANCERS OR VA RECONISED DISEASES.AFEW OF US ARE VETRIANS BUT DID NOT SERVE IN VEITNAM.I HAVE TRIED TO GET THE CDC IOM USAF JEFF MILLER TO HELP US GET A STUDY DONE ON US WHO ARE STILL LIVING. WE ARE THE GROUP THAT NO ONE KNOWS WE EXISTS

  3. herb says:

    We are becoming as bad as China as far as our food safty is concerned,We all know that China has one concern,profit.

  4. Barbara says:

    I have been behind the Food Inc movement for years. I m glad more people are becoming aware of the power of Monsanto.

  5. Jacques Carrier says:

    At school in Québec Canada a student book is pro-ogm, book approve by our gouvernement….

    there is the link Thanks

    http://lesmoutonsenrages.fr/2012/04/26/quebec-les

  6. Dina says:

    If people think Agent Orange is bad, I shudder to think of what this generation of veterans are being exposed to.

    Anyone who says the government respects and honors the people who serve their country obviously doesn't know their non-government invented American history very well…

  7. bernie says:

    HELP……..

  8. James Heide says:

    We do not need these chemically induced foods.They are only doing this to kill people and make them sick.To rely solely on pharmaceutical companies to keep them going.While making the food companies and the pharmaceutical companies richer.Plus our so called Government richer.President,Congress,and Semnate alike.

  9. Jean says:

    Monsanto is EVIL and they are in BED with Washington, it is all about MONEY MONEY MONEY, they don't care about people or our health only MONEY and making more poison!!!

  10. Amy Pearson says:

    We cannot depend on government institutions or multinational corporations to "allow us" to be organic – we must take action to make it happen!

    Amy @ LivingOrganic

  11. joe bassett says:

    We can talk and talk and they will do nothing, but shite starts getting burned down and destroyed and they'll decide to do something then. With 17 years of Internet 100 times the amount of people know what they are doing, but we are doing nothing. We can talk and talk and it will mean nothing.

  12. Ophelia says:

    Monsantos is poisoning us. They are murderers—all for greed. Anyone, including USDA, will be held accountable for purposefully enabling the endless murders and poisoning of our mother earth to continue. YOU WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE.

  13. Kimberly Weaver says:

    I am just another of the growing number of voices against the abuse of humanity, and all living things on this planet. Enough of the despicable, intentional poisoning of Earth. The damage being done to our air, soil and water for years to come has got to stop. No more of the god playing, and experimenting in the name of power, control and profit. No more being bought off by criminal enterprises such as Dow Chemical and Monsanto. USDA, do you represent health or do you represent death and toxicity? Here now is one chance to show some integrity.

  14. andy says:

    montsanto is the biggest criminal company on the planet.but there are many like it,for example Bayer Crop Science,DuPont and Dow.the proof that companies are tampering with our food and water is in documents and their actions,time to stop the madness.

  15. starla says:

    When is the deplorable acts of hummanity going to cease to exsist? When are the people who have the power to change the desisions of mosonto? When are the people making the calls going to.say enough? Population control can be done in humane ways. For example, one child per couple like china. Why does it have to be so brutal inhumane and thru or most trusted souce of exsistance..thru our food and water. Dont be a coward stand up against this autrocity towards man kind. Cuz we are going to be uo for sabatoge and extincting our selves thru thses poor desisions, when it isnt nessary at all..money willl fade wen you have no water and soil to plant once we are all dead!!! ISay No to MONSONTO!!!!! and I Hope you have the courage to stand up to these EvilDoers..

  16. Thank you for helping bring our fight to the front lines.

    Kelly L. Derricks & Heather A. Bowser COVVHA Founders

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