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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

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.

Case ID

2312

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