Specialty crop alarm raised over 2,4-D resistant corn and soybean

03/18/2014 09:28:00 AM
Tom Karst


Rebecca Brown writes:

 "2,4-D is devastating to many fruit and vegetable crops and it remains for much longer than the companies say that it does. As a small-scale farmer, I personally have experienced loss due to unwanted contamination of 2,4-D. I applied manure to my fields from animals that had eaten hay contaminated with 2,4-D. (The owners of the animals were also unaware of the contamination.) Even after the 2,4-D contaminated hay had been digested and the manure was well composted, the effects in my fields were devastating--I lost crops of tomatoes, beans, and other vegetables. Several independent plant pathologists identified the signs of the withered and malformed crops as effects of 2,4-D. I experienced the effects of the contamination, which included widespread germination failure, for at least 2 years after the initial application of manure.This herbicide is clearly harmful to plants and the environment and its effects can unintentionally spread far beyond the intended target. This is unacceptable and we must be protected from harm.

The USDA must represent the best interests of our food system and environment by denying approval for 2,4-D resistant corn and soy."


More than 10,000 comments have been received on the USDA Environmental Impact Statement on the 2,4-D resistant corn and soybeans. The measured tone of the USDA’s EIS tends to suggest that the alarms raised about the 2,4-D resistant grain crops are overblown. If the USDA is wrong, the “never the twain shall meet” worlds of grains and produce will crash together in a dystopian reality no one wants to see.

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