The Department of Agriculture of South Africa has approved the production of genetically modified "Agent Orange" mealies to the US chemical and seeds giant Dow AgroSciences. The seeds has been named "Agent Orange" mealies, as it is genetically modified to resist the pesticide 2,4-D. Although the modified seeds do not contain 2,4-D, critics believe that growing them will lead to the more widespread use of the Dow-manufactured pesticide. This move will potentially become a threats to public health from mealies doused with the pesticide. The Center for Food Safety, a lobby group in Washington DC, argues that several genetically modified crop varieties had been marketed as "solutions" to herbicide-resistant weeds, but that they were now spawning a "chemical arms race with weeds".
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