Sure, you’re only one person, but your voice is critically important right now in an effort to stop 'Big Ag' from making a dramatic increase in the use of farm chemicals for a new strain of genetically modified corn and soybeans.
You have until just Feb 24 to make your voice heard.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently holding a public comment period on the decision it has already made to deregulate a the latest version of GM corn developed by Dow Agroscience.
If you don’t want more chemicals, more genetically modified crops, more super weeds, go here now: STOP. Tell the EPA to oppose the plan to deregulate news strains of GM corn and soybeans. You will see the blue “comment” button on the upper right side of the page.
The reason Dow wants to issue this new version of corn and soybeans is to grapple with the disturbing development of super weeds.
Super weeds develop as a result of evolving resistance to chemicals that are used on the current brands of GM corn and soybeans.
Roundup, or glyphosate, is the most common weed control chemical for GM crops, but trouble is brewing because a variety of weeds have already developed immunity to it.
Farmers who rely on GM corn treated with Roundup are facing a dangerously growing problem.To fight super weeds, they are spraying fields with even more toxic herbicides, pulling weeds by hand and returning to more labor-intensive methods, including cultivating and plowing -- the latter which bolsters soil erosion. Read more about it HERE.
It’s ironic that much of the promise of genetically modified crops was that they would drastically reduce the need for pesticides and herbicides, while also resulting in less soil-eroding cultivation -- but much the opposite has been the case. Source
Also, consider that companies such as Monsanto have no financial reason to limit herbicides. Monsanto, for example, has configured it’s major strains of corn, soybeans, sugar beets and other crops to be used in combination with Roundup. Monsanto is the maker of Roundup.
To replace Roundup, the new GM crops developed by Dow will favor the use of 2,4-D, which is already the third most used ag chemical in the world. It’s a component of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange.
You can help stop it -- go to the EPA comment site today, or before Feb. 24, to voice your opinion.
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