Barring some kind of advanced alien technology, there will soon be nothing that can clean up the toxic mess we are making of our planting fields. Even as we speak, the FDA and EPA are about to approve the use of 2,4-D chemicals on American fields, even though it has been linked to developmental and neurological health problems, among other environmental damage.
We also know that the very reason for this consideration is because RoundUp Ready chemicals failed, and glyphosate-drenched fields everywhere are giving birth to superweeds bigger than farmers have ever seen. But do we stop the madness and desist from putting more toxic drivel on our crops? No – in this country, we let regulators go even further. A whole new type of pesticides and herbicides is about to be unleashed on the public. What will it take for this to stop?
Approval is also now being sought for genetically modified crops that will withstand the use of dicamba, HPPD and glufosinate – all weed-killing chemicals that had largely been eschewed in favor of the pesticide industry’s superstar: glyphosate. The biotech industry bet the farm on glyphosate and it failed – killing our crops, harming our ground water, and causing human infertility and DNA aberrance, but let’s give the good ole’ boys another go at it – shall we?
“We thought that biotechnology was going to be a solution and a long-term solution that would replace chemistry, so as a result people stopped investing in chemistry,” Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, told POLITICO Pro in a recent interview.
Instead of looking at aged practices – those which have been tested and tried for millennia, of organic and sustainable farming which is still proving to be viable even today – the agricultural industry looks for ‘new and better’ chemicals. Since these often take decades to develop, and billions of dollars, I might add, the near-term solution of these crazy-makers seems to be to bring older pesticides back into the spotlight.
The EPA had an open forum for comments on the possible approval of 2,4-D chemicals that closed on June 30, but we all know this was a total waste of time. The EPA doesn’t listen to public opinion about herbicide use, pesticide contamination, or GMOs anymore than the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association listens to Vermont’s desire to have GMOs labeled. Its all a rigged game. Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow Chemical – they all know they are running a racket, and we are just small people who must bow to their bloated corporate budgets.
Biotech and Politicians – Massive Conflict of Interest
If you don’t believe it, consider this:
Former Monsanto Appointees to the FDA, USDA, and EPA
|Monsanto Position||Individual||Federal Position|
|Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs at G.D. Searle and Co. (merged with Monsanto)||Michael A. Friedman||Acting Commissioner of the FDA|
|Consultant to Searle’s Public Relation Firm (merged with Monsanto)||Arthur Hull Hayes||Previously FDA Commissioner|
|Top Monsanto Scientist, oversaw approval of rBGH||Margaret Miller||Appointed Deputy Director of FDA, 1991|
|Worked on Monsanto-funded rBGH in connection with Cornell University||Suzanne Sechen||FDA Reviewer on Scientific Data|
|Attorney for Monsanto for 7 years, previous Head of Monsanto Washington D.C. Office||Michael Taylor||Former FDA Deputy Commision for Policy. In 2010 appointed Senior Advisor to FDA Commissioner|
|Former Monsanto Lawyer||Clarence Thomas||Appointed to U.S. Supreme Court in 1991|
|Served on Board of Directors at Calgene, a Monsanto Biotech Subsidiary||Anne Veneman||Appointed head of USDA in 2001|
|Retired Senior Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto||Dr. Virginia Weldon||Previously, member of FDA’s Metabolism and Endocrine Advisory Committee|
|Vice President, Public and Government Affairs||Linda Fisher||Deputy Administration EPA|
|Manager, New Technologies||Linda Watrud||USDA, EPA|
|Director, Monsanto Danforth Center||Roger Beachy||Director USDA, NIFA|
We Need MORE Toxic Pesticides…Apparently
Nothing will change until these people are fired, and Monsanto and biotech corporations are brought up on criminal charges for purposely endangering public health. Nothing. It doesn’t matter if 2,4-D has been used for more than 60 years in 70 countries. It is toxic. It has been approved so vastly because it is one of the pesticide industry’s biggest sellers – just like RoundUp.
When will people wake up? Vietnam Vets know what happens when they are exposed to 2,4-D – they get cancer, nerve damage, and other serious health issues – yet Monsanto’s latest RoundUp commercial shows a buffoon spraying RoundUp on dandelion weeds like he is defeating the Wild West.
And if you think 2,4-D is bad – just wait, there’s more. Toxic 2,4-D was just one ingredient used in Agent Orange; there were other ingredients like 2,4,5-T that were used as pesticides until they were banned by the EPA in 1979, yet pesticides like these are up for approval again. Dow’s new ENLIST products have been dubbed by some as the ‘new Agent Orange crops.’ Roughly 100,000 signatures from Americans pleaded with the USDA to reject biotech’s latest Mad-science project. And – how fun – they want to spray these chemicals near schools.
“When it comes to dousing crops with noxious chemicals, EPA focused on buffer zones for plants, not people.” EWG said in a statement announcing a new risk analysis. “In its assessment, the EPA called for a 200-foot buffer zone to protect non-weed plants from the product but glosses over the health risks to children.”
But 2,4-D is just the first of several back-benched herbicide chemicals that soon could get more playing time. Monsanto and Syngenta are also seeking regulatory approval from USDA and EPA for crops that are resistant to proprietary blends of such chemicals as dicamba, glufosinate and HPPD – all of which have drawn the scrutiny of environmental and public health advocates. What’s the matter America? Stories of chronic kidney failure, increased autism, and birth defects aren’t enough? We need another big heaping dose of cancer-causing chemicals to round out that serving of RoundUp? Mmmm-Mmmm good.
I suggest a nationwide class-action suit within every country that has been poisoned by biotech’s science experiments. You can start by telling the United States Department of Justice that you want an immediate, independent investigation into the biotech industry’s use of pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs. Then, throw out everything in your pantry that wasn’t grown organically. You deserve more than to be poisoned alive. We all do.
||Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.