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Tell the USDA to Dump Dow's Dangerous Agent Orange Corn!


Health & Wellness  (tags: Agent Orange, Dow Chemical, USDA, GMO corn, 2, 4-D, Vietnam defoliant, birth defects, cancer, hormone disruption )

Dandelion
- 967 days ago - action.fooddemocracynow.org
Dow Chemical is petitioning the USDA to approve a new GMO Agent Orange corn to tolerate 2,4-D, a main chemical component of the Vietnam era defoliant linked to birth defects, cancer, and hormone disruption.



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Just Carole (338)
Monday April 23, 2012, 12:41 pm

Already signed, but glad to see you posted this, Sheryl!

 

Taylor isMyName (33)
Monday April 23, 2012, 12:50 pm
Thank you for posting... I've signed.
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday April 23, 2012, 1:05 pm
Everyone remembers Agent Orange, but few seem to recall Agent Blue.
 

. (0)
Monday April 23, 2012, 1:29 pm
Signed - I was actually quite horrified to learn that these chemicals are still being used today! Obviously, Dow have not sent anyone to Vietnam to see the lasting effects that their chemicals still have on the population... it seems that human health doesn't matter to DOW - it's all about making the corn (or other crops) look perfect! Plastic looks perfect too - but you can't eat it if you want to be healthy. I'm really fed up with big corporations dishing out poisonous stuff in their products... our industries need a wake-up-call and this year wouldn't be too soon!
 

Dandelion G. (385)
Monday April 23, 2012, 2:05 pm
Brian M. as you mention Agent Blue, can you please explain to those of us who are not aware of it what it is. Don't keep us in the dark as you state few seem to recall. This is a learning forum, so please share this that you are aware of.
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday April 23, 2012, 2:27 pm
To quote from Wikipedia: "Agent Blue;(CH3)2AsO.OH, obtained by the oxidation of cacodyl, and having the properties of an exceedingly stable acid; is one of the "rainbow herbicides" that is known for its use by the United States during the Vietnam War. The purpose of Agent Blue was narrow-leaf plants and trees (grass, rice, bamboo, banana, etc.) "Operation Ranch Hand," was military code for spraying of herbicides from U.S. Air Force aircraft in Southeast Asia from 1962 through 1971. Major William A. Buckingham, Jr. It was sprayed on rice paddies and other crops in an attempt to deprive the Viet Cong of valuable crops. Agent Blue is a mixture of two arsenic-containing compounds, sodium cacodylate and cacodylic acid. Agent Blue is chemically unrelated to the more infamous Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the war.

As rice is incredibly durable, and difficult to destroy with conventional explosives, and does not burn, the weapon of choice was herbicides. Agent Blue affects plants by causing them to dry out. As rice is highly dependent on water to live, using Agent Blue on these paddies can destroy an entire field and leave it unsuitable for further planting.

Approximately 1.25 million US gallons (4,700 m3) of Agent Blue were used in Vietnam during the war, destroying 500,000 acres (2,000 km2) of crops.[1]

Today, large quantities of the chemical named Agent Blue are still used on lawns and crops throughout the USA. Taken from ZNet Ecology [2]:. It has been over twelve years since the last herbicide mission that was done. But there is still big controversy going around about the past missions that were sent out.[3] Gary D. Moore.





Arsenical herbicides containing cacodylic acid as an active ingredient are still used today as weed-killers. In the US they are used extensively, from golf courses to backyards. They are also sprayed on cotton fields, drying out the cotton plants before harvesting. So common -- and so profitable -- is the original commercial form of Agent Blue that it was among 10 toxic insecticides, fungicides and herbicides partially deregulated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in February 2004. Specific limits on toxic residues in meat, milk, poultry, and eggs were removed."

Agent Blue and Agent Orange are why we are still seeing multi-generational genetic damage and defects in Vietnam today. The other population that shows significant damage as a result of these chemical agents is Vietnam-era American servicemen and their descendants. My only point was just to say that Agent Orange gets a lot of attention for its historical and its continuing use, but Agent Blue has just as bad a legacy and it too continues to be used.
 

Dandelion G. (385)
Monday April 23, 2012, 2:34 pm
Thank you for sharing that with us Brian and for making more people aware of the other dangers that lurk in our lives. It is suggested that everyone take a few minutes and read what Brain placed above this comment.
 

Cal Mendelsohn (1005)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:06 pm
Thanks--signed and noted-
 

Lisa Neste (711)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:28 pm
Thanks for taking action to help stop Agent Orange Corn, thanks Dandelion.
 

Regina P. (79)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:36 pm
Signed. Thanks
 

Mary T. (185)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:44 pm
Signed and shared already, Thanks Dandelion for posting, And thanks to Brian for his post on Agent Blue I remember what this was used for and is still being used today.
 

. (0)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:49 pm
Signed.
 

Edwin M. (356)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:50 pm
Thanks Sheryl
 

LaurenAWAY Kozen (163)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:57 pm
Noted & Signed.
 

Ms Noting Commentator (21)
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:59 pm
I am little concerned about these idiots making these decisions. Before long, they will bring back DDT in a new form!

DDT must have a half-life of 50 years, because it took approximately that amount of time for the Bedbug Epidemic to return. Panama Canal did not even have insects for several decades after being sprayed with DDT.

I unfortunately have seen the affects of Agent Orange on our Vietnam Vets! It is not a pretty sight nor is it an emotionally or physically comfortable situation to be in!!!
 

. (2)
Monday April 23, 2012, 5:52 pm
Stop offer us such a large menu of ways to die.

We don't want to!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday April 23, 2012, 6:01 pm
Already signed this one and several others for the same issue, thanks Dandelion
 

Dandelion G. (385)
Monday April 23, 2012, 6:22 pm
There is another petition on C2 for Change.org this is NOT it.

Please be sure to check out this particular petition to see if it is one you signed or not. This is through Food Democracy Now.
 

Sue D. (150)
Monday April 23, 2012, 8:16 pm
Thanks for the petition, Sheryl - and for the Agent Blue info, Brian. I had never heard of it either. For a long time, I didn't know that "Round-Up" IS Agent Orange, and I certainly don't want to use Round-Up.

I will share another tid-bit of useful information I learned only today... Vinegar will kill most any plant, grass, etc. I was quite surprised to learn this so thought maybe some of you may benefit from the knowledge as well. The good thing about it is that it isn't going to harm your pets or children and it's cheap. Guess it makes a good bug spray too. I also heard (today) that onion absorbs bacteria in the air. If the flu is going around, etc, you place an onion (ends cut off) in a bowl or canning jar in the rooms of your house. The onion will turn black from absorbing the bacteria. Never know when these old 'remedies' may come in handy.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Monday April 23, 2012, 9:13 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 1:30 am
Noted. Thanks.
 

Patricia E. G. (56)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 2:38 am
Quite the conundrum - to kill or not to kill with chemicals.
Agent Blue is a derivitive of Agent Orange which damaged soldiers as well as foliage during the Vietnam War. Thank you Brian for your input. As far back as Hiroshima, chemicals have been used in Warfare to much regret.
They have added to the destruction of our Ozone layer and are used frivolously.

Thanking all for interesting comments and input &
Sheryl for a most interesting Petition & Post.
Signed Thank you
 

Danny M. (90)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:56 am
Signed, thank you Dandelion!
 

Cynthia not well (340)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 5:01 am
signed
 

Vicki P. (124)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 7:11 am
Signed with thanks
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 8:40 am
Signed, thank you.
 

Jason S. (57)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:08 am
thanks
 

Terrie Williams (773)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:49 am
Already signed in private email, noted.
 

Judy C. (100)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 12:16 pm
Signed. Thanks for this information, Dandelion. Also, thank you to Brian for the additional facts.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 12:49 pm
Signed! Beware of the label "Natural" on all packaging, as GMO and pesticides are legally "natural".
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 2:47 pm
Signed
 

Aimee A. (177)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:15 pm
My signature has been added. Thanks for posting!
 

Roxann Shadrick (15)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:21 pm
Signed and Noted, Thanks Dandelion.
 

David C. (227)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 3:48 pm
signed.
 

Reggie Thomas (5)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 4:35 pm
Well at lease Germany & Europe doesn't have to worry about Agent Orange Corn,they banned all GMO leaving the U.S heading to their Country,lucky for them.How many of you seen the classic movie,
"THE TOXIC AVENGER",soon will be just like him with the amount of Drugs & Chemicals the FDA,EPA & USDA are adding to our Beverages & Produce.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 5:15 pm
Thanks for taking action! Please take a moment to ask your friends and family to join you in telling the USDA to Dump Dow’s Dangerous Agent Orange Corn!".
TU Dandelion
 

Jim Phillips (3201)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 5:42 pm
Petition already signed.

I would love to see those DOW people eat the foods their chemicals have been sprayed upon.

Insecticides, herbicides, pesticides and other -cides are going to become the ruination
of our lands and of our health.

Just now read about agent Blue above...

Maybe it is time to re-read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring"...

Ty, Dandelion.
.
 

Vicky P. (466)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 5:53 pm
S and N
 

Gloria Morotti (14)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 8:58 pm
Signed with comment.
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:59 pm
Done.
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:16 pm
Thanks.
 

L B (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:56 pm
So sad to see what companies think is appropriate these days.
 

Harsha Vardhana R (57)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 12:39 am
I wonder how are the shareholders of Dow feeling for these actions? Are they just interested to make bigger profits?

We need to add big noises in boardroom and general shareholders meet too, for green causes
 

Arild Warud (169)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 3:20 am
Signed,thanks for posting Sheryl.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 6:34 am
Signed & noted, thank you!
 

Ben Oscarsito (351)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 7:25 am
Gladly signed!
 

Teresa Cowley (274)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 7:49 am
Noted, signed and shared on fb.
We're all going to end up starving if this keeps up--now we can't even feel comfortable eating fruits and vegetables!
Thanks Dandelion.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 9:41 am
Signed & Noted
Grow my own vegetables organically
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 3:30 pm
Signed
 

Joe R. (190)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 4:33 pm
Signed and noted.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 6:18 pm
Signed. Thanks, Dandelion.
 

Sheila D. (26)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 7:21 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks Dandelion.
 

Gloria Morotti (14)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 10:01 pm
Signed with comment.
 

Julia R. (294)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 2:41 am
Noted and Signed with comment! Thanks
 

Janet B. (36)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 11:14 am
Signed, and posted on Facebook, and Twitter.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 1:34 pm
Noted and signed.
 

Justina Gil (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 4:17 pm
Dump that and the normal corn just use the grass!!!
 

Dana W. (9)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:26 pm
noted and signed
 

Jeannette A. (146)
Friday May 4, 2012, 9:47 pm
done & done.... thank you
 

Nancy C. (810)
Tuesday May 15, 2012, 2:48 pm
thanx
 
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