Monsanto and Dow have decided to move forward with “Agent Orange Corn”
According to Occupy Monsanto, Monsanto and Dow have now officially agreed to cross-license and share their technologies to move forward with the new generation of corn called “SmartStax corn” also known as “Agent Orange Corn”. The main ingredient in Agent Orange called 2,4-D is a toxic chemical that was used during Vietnam war against the Vietnamese civilians. Now 2,4-D is pushed into the market again as an herbicide by the chemical company Dow.
According to bloomberg.com, the new corn known as “Agent Orange Corn” is resistant to both Roundup and the active ingredient of Agent Orange called 2,4-D.
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Numerous studies have shown the health risks of ingredients in Agent Orange including 2,4,5-T and dioxin. Studies have linked 2,4-D in Agent Orange (used as an herbicided) to serious health problems including cancer, liver toxicity, neurotoxicity, immune system disorder, Parkinson's disease and endocrine disruption. Keep in mind that the active ingredient in Roundup called “glyphosate” has been linked to infertility, liver damage, birth defects, allergies, cancer and nutritional deficiencies.
According to EPA, Monsanto’s Yieldgard corn has been genetically modified to produce a protein from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) to kill bugs and pests. However, GMO corn are creating rootworms that are resistant to Monsanto’s Yieldgard corn in both states of Illinois and Iowa. Rootworms are herbicide resistant bugs that has been speading diseases in soil and non-GMO and organic crops.
Experts believe that Monsanto is joining Dow to share their technology for a new generation of GMO corn resistant to both Roundup and 2,4-D. Reports show that Monsanto’s Roundup has lost its full effectiveness to combat weeds and have caused agricultural disaster including superweeds and a wide range of diseases in the soil.
According to huffingtonpost.com, scientists and food advocates aren’t the only ones who are worried. An Iowa conventional corn and soybean farmer George Naylor says that “Farmers are on the front lines of this potential chemical disaster” and he also added that “I'm also very concerned about the further pollution of the air and water in my community”.
However according to bloomberg.com, Monsanto’s President Brett Begemann says that “Monsanto will continue to look for additional modes of action that offer benefit to our farmer customers and complement our existing offerings.” Monsanto also will represent both companies in licensing of the next generation of SmartStax corn.
Roundup has already been creating so much disaster, so the question is why do we need more toxic chemicals?
Many people, experts and scientists are cornered about genetically modified foods. However, the pesticide empire and biotech tyranny are willing to spend $46 million (in California) and $23 million (in Washington) not to put a label on GM foods.
The fact is that biotech companies have now taken the whole game into a new level by using the main ingredient inside 'Agent Orange' called “2,4-D” as a weed-killer. 2,4-D is considered a carcinogen by many advanced countries and research centers around the world including the InternationalAgencyforResearchonCancer.
The use of 2,4-D has been creating a lot of concerns, not just among the environmentalists and concerned scientific community but farmers and even the Vietnam Veterans of America who were poisoned by Agent Orange to death. Last year the Vietnam Veterans of America wrote a letter to Obama urging the USDA to put a ban and fully investigate the use of 2,4-D in our food supply.
Not to mention that many Americans, farmers and activists are fully disgusted by the passive mentality of Washington in approving new GMO crops without proper investigation and temporary halt on the existing GMO crops.
So far Obama's policies seem to have betrayed mothers, students, black and minorities who voted for him and expected to see some real and moral changes in Washington.
Ironically, recently despite 250,000 signatures that asked the President of the United States to veto Monsanto’s Protection Act, Obama signed the bill. Apparently Monsanto’s gangsters and their powerful lobbyists know how to bribe the US Congress to present a complicated bill to the President of the United States. Some argue that Obama had to sign the bill because other issues including women’s violence Act was also a part of the deal. But one would question why the House of Representative can put a complicated bill together that contains both women’s violence Act and Monsanto’s Protection Act?
Thanks to biotech tyranny, the United States of America has now turned into a battle field for testing and planting new GMO crops and our kids are turned into guinea pigs of Monsanto’s laboratory. All because the politicians who we voted for don’t have enough balls to stand up against the biotech tyranny and simply do their job by serving the public and not the coporate profiteers.
However more and more people are becoming aware that partisanship and mafia runs corporate America. While 30 countries have banned GMOs and 56 other countries have required GMO labeling, we can’t even agree to label GMO foods and decide to exempt a toxic producing company like Monsanto from any future lawsuit.