Agent Orange, the dangerous defoilant used in the Vietnam war to cause
a lot of deformity to Vietnamese and which also affected some US
veterans, is about to be freely used in US agriculture. An active
ingredent of Agent Orange, 2,4-D is becoming the most commonly used
herbicide in North America and Dow Agroscience is proposing to freely
use genetically modified corn seeds resistant to 2,4-D and a host of
other herbicides. This will enable a limitless use of harzadious
herbicides including 2,4-D - a known carcinogen - on plants; posing
the risk of a spillover into groundwater, neighbouring farms and a
rise in more herbicide resistant 'superweeds.' 2,4-D is clearly linked
to cancers, endocrine disruption, birth defects and a mind-boggling
list of diseases issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs and
soon, Americans will have a dangerous cocktail of herbicides cooked
into their food.
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