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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Thanks to the blessings of nature and good farmers, you and I can enjoy such scrumptious delights as fresh corn-on-the-cob, popcorn and many other variations of this truly great grain. And now, thanks to Dow Chemical and federal regulators, we can look forward to “Agent Orange Corn.”

The chemical giant is in line to gain approval for putting a genetically altered corn seed on the market that will produce corn plants that won’t die when doused with high levels of 2,4-D.

This potent pesticide was an ingredient in Dow’s notorious Agent Orange defoliant, which did such extensive and horrific damage to soldiers and civilians in the Vietnam War. However, the corporation and the feds claim that 2,4-D was not the deadliest ingredient of the killer defoliant and has not yet been proven to cause cancer in humans, so they’re pressing ahead to let this corporate-constructed seed be planted across America.

Dow now sells 2,4-D to help kill various weeds, but the herbicide is so strong that it also kills nature’s own version of corn plants. Thus, Dow’s genetic engineers went into the corporate lab and manufactured a new corn that’s immune to the weed-killer. This would let the chemical maker profit from selling the patented seed, plus enjoying a huge increase in sales of its 2,4-D herbicide. How happy for Dow!

Not so happy, though, for consumers worried about the untested long-term health consequences of the altered corn and the carcinogenic possibilities of ingesting more 2,4- D. Also, when sprayed, this herbicide can vaporize and spread for miles, killing crops that are not immune, poisoning the surrounding environment, and endangering the health of farmers and townspeople throughout the area.

Dow is hardly alone in pursuing its happiness at the expense of others. Indeed, rather than finding ways to cooperate with the natural world, America’s agribusiness giants generally reach for the quick, high-tech fix in a futile effort to overpower nature. Their attitude is that if brute force isn’t working, they’re probably not using enough of it.

Monsanto, for example, has banked a fortune by selling a corn seed that it genetically manipulated to produce corn plants that won’t die when sprayed with a toxic weed-killer called “Roundup.” Not coincidentally, Monsanto also happens to be the maker of Roundup, so it has profited from the seed and from the surge in Roundup sales that the seed generated. Slick.

  • RichardPatrock

    My understanding is that 2, 4D does not have any effect on monocots such as corn. Perhaps at extremely high application rates it or other ingredients will hurt corn plants but I don’t understand how Dow intends to make money on making non-susceptible corn any more resistant.

  • Michael Benner

    The ignorance behind this piece is extreme. Farmers have been using 2-4D on corn fields at least since the 60’s. The only difference that’s coming is that with these developments they’ll be able to apply it after the corn plants emerge from the ground.
    If you’re worried about chemicals on your food then be worried. It’s just silly to instill fear by associating this with agent orange after it’s been used for 50 years. The change is no big deal!

  • The part I don’t like is that you don’t have a choice. I don’t like Dow Chemicals tactics and Monsanto’s is worse. These giants are taking the choice of people away. They are not only developing things that will only profit them but it can spread to people who don’t want their stuff. They fight labeling laws so people don’t have the opportunity to choose not to use high chemicals or genetic modifications. They win law suits against people who tried to keep their own seeds, but the wind took their patents and forced them into other peoples’ crops against their will. I don’t like the chemical and genetic modification route. But, I can agree people should be able to do it if they so choose. However, with these huge corporations, you can’t choose because they try to keep their information hidden so you can’t make informed choices.

  • What’s next as a pesticide Isopropyl Methylflurophosphate?

  • CPANY

    Didn’t we used to have an organization called the Food and Drug Administration, or did scumbag Bush do away with that, too? Hopefully, he’ll eat some of the doctored corn and suffer the same consequences as the rest of us.

  • pstrbill

    Shades of Rachael Carson without her education!!!! Jim, either you did not do your homework on this article or you are knowingly lying to push an agenda. The harmful agent in “Agent Orange” was under refined 2,5,4 T.

    90% of homemakers use 2,4,D on their lawns as a broadleaf herbicide, and as with all chemicals, pregnant women should avoid contact during the first trimester.

    Unless a person has a specific alergy to 2,4,D the light exposure from labeled application is not a problem.

    Were you really trying to discredit the genetic modified corn? That is the only informed misspeak I could understand.

    • ObozoMustGo

      bill… you are right on with this one. But, you must understand that the leftist nutjobs that write on this site arent going to let facts get in the way of a good leftist emotional agenda. Why should they? The ends justifies the means with these folks.

      Keep the light of truth shining down upon the lefties. One day, a few of them may actually wake up and become former brain dead liberals.

      Have a nice day!

      • pstrbill

        Hopefully they won’t just become brain dead conservatives. LOL.

        PBill

        • ObozoMustGo

          Bill, those are mutually exclusive conditions… by definition! Google “Why I am no longer a brain dead liberal” by David Mamet. It’s in the Village Voice. He’s a renowned playwright who did a play about politics that forced him to examine his own views. It’s a good read. He’s a phenominal writer and his book “The Secret Knowledge” is outstanding, as well.

          Have a nice day!

    • grannyk8

      They told us Agent Orange was harmless too. If you think that Dow is in business to keep you safe at its own expense, take a look at this bridge I have for sale.

      • Steven Savage

        Grannyk8,
        That was the early 1960s. That was before there even was an EPA (established in 1968). If you want to remain frightened and adopt conspiracy thinking, that is your choice.

        • grannyk8

          Cautious is the word I would use. Smart would be another.

      • Hi Grannyk8, Great! I’d like to take a look at your bridge, sometime. I have one too (That is, I have 1 2 ) But mine is not across the East River. Mine is out there where U R — across O’Fallon Krik , where I grew up as a kid, at what WUZ the fair town of Ismay, later known as “Joe Montana” for a time n we had a lot of fun doing that, for awhile. Well, so it goes. Bein – az U R trying to sell a bridge Ur-self, I down suppoze – az Ur awanting 2 BY 1 at the seym tyme. So az I’ll let U go. By By.
        Allan Boschen. Urz trulee.

    • Nitzey

      You are absolutely right. About Agent Orange and 2,4 D. I have used 2,4 D forever and will continue to do so. Also, I ahve no problem with Dow Chemical.

      By the way, I am an environmentalist, a liberal, and a chemical engineer who works in the chemical industry.

      • bonnieparmenter

        My brother served in Vietman and he just got a settlement from the government for the cancer he now has because of exposure to Agent Orange. All the chems in our foods and air our harming us every day.
        Research shows kids have a higher risk of cancer in households that spray their yards with pesticides and herbicides. I am a mega conservative, but being a conservative does not mean you are not concerned with your environment or health. I was taught to recycle as a teenager and I was raised a vegetarian and taught to be concerned with our environment but my family was always extremely conservative and Republican mostly because they believed in small government control. They predicted years ago the outcome of our society and the ties of government control and the link to corruption. The more money, the more power the more corruption.

        • Nitzey

          I am sorry about your brother’s cancer but the original writer was right in that the source of cancer was the impurity. The reason that I know that is my colleague not only served in Viet Nam but helped make Agent Orange.

          It seems there is a dichotomy in your thinking. You want less government but decry chemicals in the environment. You recycle but of what use is that if no one else does?

          As the world gets more complicated and intertwined, I see no alternative but strong government.

  • Ortho manufactures and sells 2,4,5-T the other half of Agent Orange as a weed killer that doesn’t harm your grass. What they don’t tell you it also poisons nearby trees and anything else in the soil. You can buy it Home Depot, DON’T!!!

  • grannyk8

    Uh…NO! In the past 6 months I have had two close friends, both with repeated Agent Orange exposure, and both with government approved Agent Orange claims, die from cancer. The wrong somebody is making deadly decisions for the rest of us, in the favor of Big Money, yet again. How much longer do we sit still for this?

  • Personally I have deep concern about our entire food system. My concern has steadily growing as I watch more and more recalls and horror stories about the failures of our inspection system and the abuses and unethical practices by the factory farms and meat processors. I hardly ever eat out anymore and have been making a big effort to buy locally grown foods.

  • romnraven

    Would Americans rise up against an invading enemy that would capture the loyalty of their government and our business leaders by buying them off? Would Americans rise up against an enemy who would systematically over harvest their wild natural food and poison their seed, water, air and soil in order to make Americans dependant on them, (the enemy), for the supply of these means of survival? Would Americans rise up against an enemy who would seek to control them by using mass hypnotic propaganda devices to convince them that being a wage and debt slave is freedom?

    It seems not, since this has already been happening for at least the last century and into this century without much resistance. In fact, the invading army of wealthy powerfull banks and corporations, (most of them foreign owned), can say; “mission accomplished, resistance is futile”.

  • bonnieparmenter

    You can actually thank Montsanto Corporation and their genetically modified foods. There are now super insects that cannot be killed with regular pesticides because of the genetically modified foods. I am quite concerned by our head under the pillow Democrats. Our resent food safety act, (that Dems pushed through) that was suppose to make sure we were purchasing safe foods, did not mention any regulations on genetically modified foods, not even a requirement to list them on packaging but instead put a huge burden on all the organic food growers with mega paperwork requirements. Who got paid off to support that act?

  • texman659

    Roundup herbicide is not toxic , it is a detergent ( soap ) that was originally used by commercial laundry cleaners , then developed as a weed killer . I am a farmer and have used it for years . It is by far the safest chemical I use ( and I use a lot of different chemicals ) . It is essentially a soap . 2,4,D on the other hand is a very potent chemical . I don’t use it because it is very prone to drift and to kill off-target plants . I have also known of people that had trees killed by 2,4,D that was sprayed as far as fifteen miles away . I personally can’t believe that anyone would even consider spraying this chemical over a food source . I can honestly say that I would Not buy any food that had been sprayed with 2 , 4 , D .
    Then again when it comes to the greed of big business , nothing should surprise me . Spraying 2, 4 , D on your lawn is one thing ,( unless you plan on eating your grass ) , spraying it on a food source is a completely different issue altogether .

  • Steven Savage

    It turns out that 2,4-D had nothing to do with the problems of agent orange. It is so non-toxic that it is allowed in extremely common products for home lawn weed control. It is still registered in 70 countries. You should do some homework before writing

  • rustacus21

    Considering Vietnam was a ‘chemical’ war (agent orange, napalm & the genetic/chromosomal damage to soldiers), there’s not much to cheer about when considering the short/long term, domestic/foreign health consequences that disproportionately impact the poor & people of color. It may be helpful if the EPA advertise the violations of American chemical companies non-compliance records of endangering the health of citizens living in close proximity to their plants – especially in Texas, where the biggest push is occurring to institute tort reform? Oh where o where is Democracy when U need it?…

  • William Deutschlander

    Now hold on, this will make Dow more money to contribute to Citizens United so more radical, extreme, ignorant Republicans can seek a position with the Autocracy, on the way to a ictatorship!

  • What a misleading, alarmist and bull shit article!

  • What a misleading, alarmist and bull shit article by an individual ignorant of the facts!

  • all this altered food and the lovely poisons we get doused with every day? good luck in the limited future we are beieng herdded into…..sheep , sold cheep