Next Generation of Pesticide-Promoting Crops Are Imminent

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued its final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and proposed approval for new corn and soybean varieties genetically engineered (GE) to be resistant to the toxic herbicide 2,4-D. There will now be a 30-day public comment period before USDA is expected to grant final approval of the controversial new crops. USDA also released a draft Environmental Impact Statement and proposed approval for crops resistant to Monsanto’s dicamba, with a 45-day comment period. The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a concurrent review of Enlist Duo, Dow’s proprietary mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate, for use on Dow’s corn and soybeans. If given final approval, these GE crops will be sold with additional resistance to other herbicides, including glyphosate, and they are among the first wave of the biotechnology industry’s efforts to increase the pesticide intensity of U.S agriculture.

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