There’s now a new procedure to review GMOs that requires the USDA and EPA to review data on proposed crops in tandem, rather than separately. This groundbreaking change is a direct result of your advocacy for labeling, so thank you.
The USDA and EPA are about to apply this extra scrutiny on Dow’s 2,4-D-resistant corn called “Enlist.” It’s genetically engineered to withstand large doses of 2,4-D, which some studies have shown may be linked to reproductive abnormalities, birth defects, and several forms of cancer. The USDA and EPA must continue to hear the concerns of consumers like you – will you speak out again today?
Our successes have not gone unnoticed. Powerful chemical companies have hired expensive lobbyists to insert dangerous language into the U.S. House of Representatives’ version of the Farm Bill and the 2013 Agricultural Appropriations Bill.
All in the name of profit from selling seeds, pesticides, and herbicides to farmers, these greedy companies want to rush untested and unproven crops from their factories to our dinner tables. In particular, 2,4-D corn requires large quantities of 2,4-D herbicide to be applied to farm fields. The drifting of 2,4-D has been linked to major human health problems such as cancer, liver dysfunction, and Parkinson’s disease.
Although we might not all agree on the science concerning the long-term effects of eating genetically engineered foods, we should be able to decide for ourselves whether to feed them to our families. But if this new corn is approved, we won’t be able to make that choice since genetically engineered foods aren’t labeled.
We’ll need your help on many battles that lie ahead in the coming months, but the most critical challenge immediately before us is to keep 2,4-D corn from being approved and commercialized. Our government processes must be open, transparent, and honest in order to protect our families and our children. That is why we must stop genetically engineered crops that are harmful to the environment and our health, and demand labeling on all genetically engineered foods.