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Dow wants to spray Agent Orange on your food

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You can stop them, but must act at once. There are fewer than 45 days to register your response.

Dow Chemical argues that using pesticides and toxic chemicals to “protect crops” is worth it for them because they produce and sell the chemicals. Never mind the harmful effects on the environment and people who ingest them, directly or indirectly.

According to a report from the Center for Food Safety, the clock is ticking on time for citizens to tell the FDA and US government no deal.

“Dow Chemical, the same company that brought us Dursban, Napalm, and Agent Orange, is now in the food business and is pushing for an unprecedented government approval: genetically engineered (GE) versions of corn and soybeans that are designed to survive repeated dousing with 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange.”

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12645

Go the website and sign the petition. Just say no.

“PETITION TEXT:

I oppose the approval of Dow’s genetically engineered (GE) “Agent Orange” corn and soybeans designed to survive repeated spraying of the toxic herbicide 2,4-D, half of the highly toxic chemical mixture Agent Orange.

2,4-D has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. If that wasn’t enough, industry tests also show that 2,4-D is contaminated with dioxins—often referred to as the most toxic substance known to science. In fact, EPA has reported that 2,4-D is the seventh largest source of dioxins in the U.S. More 2,4-D use will lead to more dioxins in the environment.

Dow Chemical’s “Agent Orange” crops represent yet another escalation in a chemical arms race that will only result in larger numbers of ever-more-toxic chemicals being dumped on our farms and communities, and into our food supply, leading to higher production costs, increased sickness, and greater harm to the environment. I urge you to reject 2,4-D resistant GE corn and soybeans.”

http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/1881/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12645

We the People don’t have to be railroaded by “Big Ag” and “Big Chem.” We want organic foods, clean water and air. We don’t want the environment spoiled, and humanity killed by these capitalists who have co-opted and corrupted our Congress.

US veterans are still dying from Agent Orange sprayed during the Vietnam war.

Here is just another instance of Dow's conflicted behavior. This is from Anna Lappe who was contacted by Dow under the pretext to pay to user her video. What they wanted was to keep her quiet.

"In the video I submitted, which you can watch below, I stress that one of the greatest threats to clean water is chemical contaminants — and that Dow Chemical has a long history of water pollution. The PR representative emailed to say “unfortunately we can’t use your video,” but that she would be happy to include me, still, if I would consider re-recording it. When we discussed what that would mean she said, no “fingerpointing”; they wanted a “positive, inclusive discussion.”

I believe in inclusiveness and engagement, but I also believe we must pursue those principles within a context that is honest. To do otherwise is to participate in what is popularly called “greenwashing,” painting a veneer of environmentalism on an otherwise unchanged product or practice — a corporate strategy many of us are all too familiar with.

In this spirit, I felt it would be disingenuous to engage in a conversation about water sustainability, for a campaign paid for by Dow Chemical, without pointing out the direct relationship between Dow’s core business products — a source of its $8 billion in profit last year — and toxins in our environment.

At the same time Dow launches this initiative, the company is actively fighting multiple lawsuits from communities who contend that their water has been polluted by the company, including from its hometown manufacturing plant in Midland, Mich. In 2007, the EPA detected the highest level of dioxin ever discovered in the country’s rivers or lakes in waterways near Dow’s global headquarters. Dioxin levels in some places were 1,000 times higher than the residential standard, according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. A recent study found women living in Midland, as well as Saginaw and Bay counties, have significantly higher rates of breast cancer; dioxin was to blame. A class action lawsuit is pending.

“In the backyard of Dow’s corporate headquarters, the company for decades through philanthropy, public relations, and politics has made the choice to push back at every regulatory level instead of addressing their dioxin contamination of 52 miles of freshwater and Lake Huron,” said Michelle Hurd Riddick of the Saginaw Bay grassroots environmental organization, Lone Tree Council. “The company has mastered the art of greenwashing while poisoning a whole watershed and getting away with it.”"

Anna Lappé is a national bestselling author, sustainable food advocate, and mom. The founding principal of the Small Planet Institute and Small Planet Fund, her latest book is Diet for a Hot Planet.

http://grist.org/pollution/2011-06-08-what-dow-chemical-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about-your-water/

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