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Dow Chemical Company Is Full of Greenwashing

Dow Chemical Company Is Full of Greenwashing

Dow Chemical Company touts its recognition of World Environment Day, on June 5, through a press release. Neil Hawkins, Dow’s vice president of Sustainability and EH&S says, “Dow supports World Environment Day and the United Nations’ effort to create awareness around global environmental issues, including forest preservation … We are committed to fostering biodiversity by creating meaningful partnerships that advance sustainable development and environmentally-aware communities.”

I have two words for Dow: BIG DEAL. Dow is the company that brings you such wonderful products such as pesticides and genetically engineered seeds. In fact, Dow is one of five companies which dominate the genetically engineered seed market. Dow is also the largest chemical company in the U.S., and the second largest in the world. The Pesticide Action Network describes Dow as “a leading producer of pesticides, plastics, hydrocarbons and other chemicals.”

Dow produced some rather nasty chemicals in the past: Agent Orange and napalm used during the Vietnam War, and 1,2-Dibromo-3-Chloropropane (DBCP). DBCP is one that I have had some experience with having grown up in the San Joaquin Valley of California, the agricultural center of the world. It can also be known as pesticide central. DBCP has not been used for a long time, except as “an intermediate in chemical synthesis,” according to the EPA. However, it contaminated the ground water and still remains in drinking water in rural areas in the San Joaquin Valley. My grammar school growing up had to use bottled water at one point because of DBCP contamination. The EPA claims that “no information is available on the chronic effects of DBCP in humans.” You can be sure the chronic effects are not pleasant.

Thank you, Dow for the DBCP you manufacture which I ingested as a child. I am equally sure the Vietnamese people, not to mention the U.S. service men who fought in Vietnam, thank you for all the Agent Orange sprayed and the napalm dropped. The effects of your products will continue, and we are all so grateful for them.

The above paragraph is as disingenuous as Dow’s claims that it is becoming an environmentally friendly company. Environmentally friendly companies do not manufacture toxic products.

 

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10:42AM PST on Mar 1, 2012

governments should be keeping track of things like this, but of course they dont care because its companies like these that governments answer to. anything for money, and its that same thought that will be the end of humanity after weve destroyed everything else we are dependant on

1:58AM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

This is a very sad story. Other animals and plants have to go only because "we" humans do not want to share the world with other life forms, these life forms "we" would not eat (vegetarian food is not a bad idea, or eating with conscience as the so called primitive cultures did and still do, if they still exist. No meat/fish every day). "We" destroy everything around us and "we" forget, that everything is important to survive, too.

As little child i thought that rain is when God and the angels cry - because "we" humans have forgotten that we need this "intelligence", someone who could help... if "we" hadn't turned away for many centuries ago...

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten." (Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

12:06PM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

these companies need to put their money where their promises are. they should be forced to back up their "green" claims.

7:45PM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Ecocide is crime!! DOW is criminal!!!

11:56PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

Dow must do as will make Dow more and more money - because Dow was created a a form that permitted it only to consider money and that it increase,

And so, in the lands and seas of the planet Earth are ripe for Dow to plunder and rape, all in the wish of Dow to to enrich Dow still more, that Dow may be the richest of all, and that will, still, be not enough.

And so the planet will perish, and Dow will perish.

Even so, Dow will still keep to its money-grubbing, kick-a-kid-in-the-face behavior, until the last blade of grass has died.

12:44PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

well, what a shock - Dow Chemical greenwashing. I remember being on a study trip many years ago in Mexico and visiting a railroad settlement with a million people living in Dow Chemical cardboard and corrugated tin shacks - some made of Del Monte packaging as well. Why? The people were destitute and Dow and other corporations had moved south of the U.S. border to make a gabillion more dollars on the backs of the poor. All that was left after the company sucked the workers dry was the discarded packaging from their products. I haven't ever bought the green image of this company or most others. Dow is dirty.

10:38AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

So sad that these murdering companies are the ones really running this country...

5:26AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

It's appalling that companies like Dow have so much political clout that Congress will never pass legislation strong enough to protect the US population, at least not within my lifetime. I should live so long . . .

9:30PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Thank you GinaMarie.

4:56PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

The mess their subsidiary made in Bhopal has yet to be cleaned up. If they want to do some real green washing they have one heck of a big project that they can jump right on.

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