Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Bring Agent Orange Component to America’s Heartland

Ear Of CornRichard Schiffman writes on OpEdNews:

In a match that some would say was made in hell, the nation’s two leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the use of the herbicide 2, 4-D, one half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange, which was used by American forces to clear jungle during the Vietnam War. These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America’s corn belt during the next decade.

The problem for corn farmers is that “superweeds” have been developing resistance to America’s best-selling herbicide Roundup, which is being sprayed on millions of acres in the Midwest and elsewhere. Dow Agrosciences has developed a strain of corn that it says will solve the problem. The new genetically modified variety can tolerate 2, 4-D, which will kill off the Roundup resistant weeds, but leave the corn standing. Farmers who opt into this system will be required to double-dose their fields with a deadly cocktail of Roundup plus 2, 4-D, both of which are manufactured by Monsanto.

But this plan has alarmed environmentalists and also many farmers, who are reluctant to reintroduce a chemical whose toxicity has been well established. The use of 2, 4-D is banned in several European countries and provinces of Canada

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18 Comments on "Dow and Monsanto Join Forces to Bring Agent Orange Component to America’s Heartland"

  1. Jin The Ninja | Mar 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm |

    the only conspiracy here is the mixed-race communist insurgency trying to keep america’s cows away from their corn.

  2. Sytallix | Mar 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm |

    Wont the crops just become immune to 2, 4D within a few years, if that?

    • yea think of modern farming as a vertical structure that requires more of the same inputs, but the taller that “structure” gets, as it gets more dependent aka resistant to the pesticide substance, the more likely the fall of the crop system. thats why organic farming is less risky, because of the distributed (more omni-directional than vertical) nature of its system.

  3. Crashing the dollar seems like a good idea now. It will give these bastards no reason to keep harming for profit.

  4. i wonder if food with these herbicides where ever included in the studies of ‘organic’ vs ‘regular’ food

    • Jin The Ninja | Mar 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm |

      you mean as the ‘regular’ food?

      • Eric_D_Read | Mar 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm |

        Either or. Bullshit now qualifies as an organic fertilizer according to the FDA.
        http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=JQ31Ljd9T_Y 

        • Jin The Ninja | Mar 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm |

          i heard about that, and even parts of CA allow human waste to be labeled ‘organic.’ That’s why you should know your farmer, and stay away from out of season, big agra produce.

        • uhm why wouldn’t bullshit be considered organic?

          • Jin The Ninja | Mar 4, 2012 at 11:39 pm |

            i think eric meant bullsh*t from conventionally raised cows (who have eaten gmo grains and have anti biotics and hormones in their system). one of the farmers who contributes to the food box we get uses goat “matter” from his organic free range dairy goats. i don’t have a problem with it- but if it came from a regular farm i definetly wouldn’t buy it.

          • Eric_D_Read | Mar 5, 2012 at 12:06 am |

            I was actually referring to the kind that comes out of the mouths of marketing people, but that’s a good point too.

          • Jin The Ninja | Mar 5, 2012 at 12:32 am |

            lol apologise for that. i agree with your above as well.

        • Jin The Ninja | Mar 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm |

           whole foods is bullsh*t anyway, they have tons of conventional products, processed foods and (like the vid says) chinese produce (out of season). they have some good things, but i haven’t been into one in years and years because we have enough local places up here that are better to sustain a large organic/veg/fair trade consuming populace. in the us though, it was whole foods or trader joe’s and that was pretty much it, unless one works at the co op. whole ‘paycheck’ is not about the organic principles, they are about profit.unfortunate really.

  5. HardcoreMaterialist | Mar 4, 2012 at 5:14 pm |

     GREAT IDEA – FOR SCIENCE

    We couldn’t possibly do this with manual labour.  Nope.  Impossible.  It would give too many people jobs.  And also wreck our dream of a robotic utopia where we do no work for our food.  Yes, we must be fat lazy football-watching brainwashed dorks, that is the goal.

    • FunnyReplyToSelf | Mar 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm |

       Do you have ANY idea how HARD it is to pull up a weed?  These farmers sit in expensive tractors listening to conservative talk radio all day spraying chemicals.  And you want them to bend over and get their hands dirty?  Communist pagan.  Oil is the only substance that should be on a real gardener’s hands.

  6. Odatmatt | Mar 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm |

    during the early 70’s we sprayed agent orange all over the USA,,,, 2, 4-d, 4, 5- T  It was used to clear power lines and guard rails and farmers were using it to clear brush from fields,,, I worked for Davey Tree Company during this time and sprayed many miles of power lines in Pa and W VA.  Funny how Dow got away with this! 

  7. Jin The Ninja | Mar 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm |

  8. gwen jackson | Mar 7, 2012 at 8:58 am |

    oh apocalypse, you just can’t come fast enough. what can i do to help? tell me in the radio that plays in my tooth fillings, i will do whatever you command…

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