by Sarka-Jonae Miller | Natural News
Dow Chemicals releases new genetically modified seeds in an ongoing effort to maximize profits while putting people at risk for serious diseases.
Dow’s genetically modified corn has been dubbed “Agent Orange corn” because of the link to the chemical agent made by Dow and Monsanto to defoliate jungles during the Vietnam War, which left hundreds of thousands of people ill.
Genetically modified plants and animals are rapidly gaining popularity despite research that shows risks to humans health and the environment. For genetically modified foods to be used in the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Environmental Protection Agency must approve the product.
Dow is currently seeking approval for its product while advocacy groups beseech U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reject the application.
Genetically modified corn
Dow is calling their new GMO seeds “Enlist.” The genetically modified corn is immune to 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), an ingredient found in Agent Orange. It is also resistant to glfosinate and glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide.
The plan is to plant the genetically modified seeds and then spray fields with the harmful chemical agent. If approved, Dow’s GMO seeds could replace Monsanto’s Roundup-resistant crops and make way for a release of Agent Orange chemicals that have not been seen since the Vietnam War.
2,4-D is already a widely used herbicide. Allowing farmers to grow Dow’s genetically modified corn would mean they could effectively carpet bomb their crops with 2,4-D. That’s the reason for genetically modified foods, to allow farmers to drop huge amounts of chemicals to kill pests and weeds instead of putting in the time and effort to grow crops organically.