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Engineering an Environmental Disaster: 2,4-D Resistant Crops

A corn field in California.

USDA proposes to allow farmers to plant 2,4-D resistant corn and soy without any government oversight, downplaying any and all impacts.

Photo courtesy of David Cohen

What's at Stake

2,4-D is a component of Agent Orange, the notorious defoliant manufactured by Monsanto and Dow. USDA proposes to allow farmers to plant 2,4-D resistant corn and soy wherever they please without any government oversight, and downplays any and all impacts.

Case Overview

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has released its draft Environmental Impact Statement that dismisses the significant harms of a new class of genetically engineered crops and the powerful and toxic herbicide they were manufactured to resist: Dow AgroScience’s 2,4-D resistant “Enlist” corn and soy.

2,4-D is a component of Agent Orange, the notorious defoliant manufactured by Monsanto and Dow. USDA proposes to allow farmers to plant 2,4-D resistant corn and soy wherever they please without any government oversight, and downplays any and all impacts.

In combination with the USDA proposing to deregulate the crops, and to enable it to do so, EPA is proposing to register 2,4-D for use on corn and soy.

Case ID

2312

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Case Updates

February 17, 2015 | Blog Post

Enlist Duo: EPA Approves Heinous Herbicide

Earthjustice has filed a motion to stay the EPA's approval of the herbicide Enlist Duo on the grounds that the agency violated the Endangered Species Act.

February 9, 2015 | Legal Document

2,4-D Motion to Stay

A motion was filed to protect endangered whooping crane and Indiana bat from toxic herbicide to be used on genetically engineered crops

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