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Adams wrties: "Dow AgroScience, LLC, is petitioning the US government to deregulate a genetically engineered variety of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, an extremely toxic pesticide that was 50% of the recipe to making Agent Orange (used in the Vietnam War as a weapon of mass destruction)."

The hands of a victim of Agent Orange, 12/27/11. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The hands of a victim of Agent Orange, 12/27/11. (photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dow Seeks Approval of GMO Corn Resistant to Agent Orange Component

By Mike Adams, NaturalNews

27 December 11


his is an exclusive breaking news story from NaturalNews, please cite this article as the source. It was received as a tip from a concerned health advocate who found it in the federal register, then forwarded it to an industry advocacy group which then forwarded it to us: Dow AgroScience, LLC, is petitioning the U.S. government to deregulate a genetically engineered variety of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D,, an extremely toxic pesticide that was 50% of the recipe to making Agent Orange (used in the Vietnam War as a weapon of mass destruction).

This is all admitted right out in the open in the federal register text:

"We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has received a petition from Dow AgroScience LLC seeking a determination of nonregulated status of corn designated as DAS-40278-9, which has been genetically engineered for increased resistance to broadleaf herbicides in the phenoxy auxin group (such as the herbicide 2,4-D) and resistance to grass herbicides in the aryloxyphenoxypropionate acetyl coenzyme A carboxylase inhibitor group (such as quizalofop herbicides)."

The chemical pesticide group 2,4-D can cause acute toxicity and was a major component (roughly 50%) of Agent Orange, says Cornell University:

Rats fed 2,4-D produced "fetuses with abdominal cavity bleeding and increased mortality," says the Cornell link above, which also states that 2,4-D may cause infertility, birth defects, organ toxicity and neurological effects.

Previously used as a weapon in the Vietnam War, 2,4-D may now be dropped en masse on U.S. crop fields.

What's most astonishing about this petition request is that if it is approved, the U.S. would then become an "agricultural war zone" where genetically engineered corn is "carpet bombed" with 2,4-D chemicals. Being resistant to such chemicals, the GE corn may then uptake those chemicals into its own structures and grain kernels, thereby creating corn laced with 2,4-D that would be unleashed when you eat your corn-based breakfast cereals or corn tortillas.

Corn is in practically everything you buy at the grocery store, one way or another. Watch the document King Corn to learn more:

Corn is also one of the main feed sources for factory farmed cows, which are especially efficient at concentrating toxins into their fat tissues, to be unleashed when digested by humans.

If this petition is approved by the federal government - which has long conspired with GMO companies such as Dow, Dupont and Monsanto - it would result in the unleashing of tens of millions of gallons of toxic pesticide chemicals annually onto America's agricultural landscape (not to mention runoff into rivers, streams, lakes and oceans).

Urgent Action Item: Comment on This Dow Petition

The U.S. government claims to be accepting public comments on this petition request. We have no way of knowing whether all such comments are merely chucked into the "round file" or whether they are actually considered, but if you want to submit comments about this petition, YOU CAN'T do it online anyway!

The government's online comment submit system doesn't recognize this document - at least it didn't at the time this story went to press. Try the following link yourself to see if it works:!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2010-0103-0001

So your only remaining option is to submit comments by mail: • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0103, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

From the Federal Register website:

Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2010-0103 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 690-2817 before coming.

Share this NaturalNews story! Let people know that America's corn fields are about to be treated with the same chemical weapons our nation once dropped on Vietnam.

What Else You Can Do

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Also, check out Jeffrey Smith and the Institute for Responsible Technology, which is fighting against genetically engineered foods and crops:

Additional Reference:

  • Agent Orange was made from roughly a 50/50 mixture of:

  • 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)

  • 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T)

Documented side effects of Agent Orange include:

  • Skin irritation and skin diseases, such as chloracne

  • Neurological disorders

  • Nerve disorders, including peripheral neuropathy

  • Miscarriages in women

  • Type 2 diabetes

  • Birth defects, physical deformities, spina bifida

  • Cancers: multiple myeloma, respiratory system cancers, Hodgkin's disease, prostate cancer, leukemia


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+18 # rsnfan 2011-12-27 22:54
If our government approves this they will be lower than pond scum. What kind of nation have we become?
+3 # John Locke 2011-12-28 17:25
rsnfan: They will approve it...what ever Monsanto or Dow want the FDA will approve, evidence has already shown that GMO's such as Corn and Soy are destroying human organs, but no federal agency will stand up for us, where a large sum of money is being paid for their approval, and its the same around the world...these chemical companies are destroying human and animal life forms, and neither they or our politicians care...its the same story greed
+5 # LML 2011-12-28 01:01
Link still not working....
f you do write, be sure to save your comment before you hit submit because you will get the message that there has been an error and your carefully crafted message will disappear into the void... If you do save your comment in in advance, you will not have to re-write your comment in order to try again...and probably end up printing it so that you can submit your comment by mail....
-9 # Holmes 2011-12-28 01:20
I would strongly question the veracity of the claims re the hazard of 2,4-D. Not sure where your information is coming from. See the recent RED reviews in Canada and similar. Did you group contribute?

Don't use the USA ones as you may find it by definition to be tainted.

I would suspect that the references quoted have at least confused the hazards of dioxins with 2,4-D. The manufacturing processes used for 2,4-D does not produce significant amounts of dioxin. We looked often enough. One case of fire damaged 2,4-D may have been a problem, but by the time questions were asked 30 years later, no samples were available.

Yes it was produced in the military Agent Orange material which contained 2,4,5-T and produced at a very high temperature. Commercial grade farming 2,4,5-T was well with in limits in this part of the world. There was huge examination of the product in the early 70's here. Trouble was that finding Ghosts was easy compared to finding real damage with such product. Took up allot of our time, and generated feet of paper.

You will get more dioxin from burning wood with naturally occurring chloride in it, so keep out of the smoke from your campfire. I guess that explains why humans are more tolerant of dioxin than say rates.
+1 # CL38 2011-12-28 12:02
Stop trying to finesse the public.
-2 # John Gill 2011-12-28 03:07
"Previously used as a weapon in the Vietnam War, 2,4-D may now be dropped en masse on U.S. crop fields."
Although I most definitely disapprove of these designer gmo products produced and pushed by these corporations, I have to comment here, despite probable red mark responses, that to open the ball by saying that 2,4-D made up approximately 50 percent of the defoliant agent orange, then to slide in the statement that 2,4-D was used as a weapon in Viet Nam is the kind of slick propagandist writing I expect from the chemical companies...fro m their detractors, not so much. The components of a substance(like agent orange, for example,) are not, taken separately, that substance, any more than you would accept the claim that a plate of baking powder set before you on your birthday, is indistinguishab le from that lovely cake I served you last year. This sort of statement sets off the bullshit alarm even when you preach to the choir. Let's keep it clean,k?
0 # Ralph Averill 2011-12-28 15:19
Are you proposing that 2,4,D was NOT a weapon just because it made up only 50% of Agent Orange? Another ingredient, I have been told, was dioxin, second only to plutonium in toxicity to humans. Was dioxin also not a weapon, since it made up less than 50% of Agent Orange?
The only questionable language I see is yours.
+12 # Ralph Averill 2011-12-28 03:19
There would be another frightening side effect not mentioned in the article; the evolution of 2-4-D resistant plants besides the resistant corn. Monsanto's creation of Round-up "Ready" corn and soy beans has created Round-up resistant weeds. We will have to create ever more powerful/toxic herbicides to keep up. It is the same evolutionary game we play with antibiotics.
Nature bats last. Nature always wins.
-6 # Above God 2011-12-28 07:35
Weeds have become resistant to Round up (glyphophate) so now farmers have to fall back to good old 2,4 D and 2,4,5T. The anti-GMO tree huggers wanted to get rid of Round Up ready corn and their wishes have bee aswered.
+2 # Josippie 2011-12-28 12:23
I was able to leave a comment on the website, and urge others to do the same.
0 # stefanie_s 2011-12-29 08:45
In the middle of my comment, the screen went blank and the message document not found came up. :/
+2 # Pearl 2011-12-28 23:28
I just logged into the Federal Register and my comment was accepted.
+4 # stefanie_s 2011-12-29 08:42
Quoting Above God:
Weeds have become resistant to Round up (glyphophate) so now farmers have to fall back to good old 2,4 D and 2,4,5T. The anti-GMO tree huggers wanted to get rid of Round Up ready corn and their wishes have bee aswered.

Blaming the "tree huggers" as the cause of weeds becoming resistant to Round up? I fail to follow your logic there. In fact, there is no logic there. The chemical companies are the cause and these plants would have never developed tolerance in the first place if it weren't for the OVER-use of these chemicals. And that's aside from that face that weed resistance is only one of the side effects of the "use" of those chemicals, let alone over-use. We could start talking about food chain disruption, human allergic and GI reactions and runoff into the environment. All of these are bad and it's not the tree hugger's fault that these are happening. Farmers should be falling back on tried and true farming methods like organic farming, not turning to increasingly deadlier poison to plant their fields.

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