August 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Farmers are battling “superweeds” and pests like the rootworm that have developed tolerance to Monsanto’s chemical pesticide Roundup in recent years. As an alternative, farmers began relying on stronger herbicides, including 2,4-D—a major ingredient in Agent Orange. But that too has recently begun to show signs of pest resistance, a new study finds.
Read More:Super Pests Becoming Resistant to Roundup and Agent Orange
May 2nd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
More than 140 environmental and health advocacy groups along with 35 medical and public health professionals have submitted letters to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack urging the agency to reject an application for the approval of herbicide and herbicide resistant crops submitted by Dow AgroSciences.
Read More:Letters Flood USDA Over Pending Approval of ‘Agent Orange Corn’
April 13th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) did not have a good week. After news that the FDA dismissed a federal court ruling that the agency needed to enforce viable options for dealing with antibiotic resistant pathogens resulting from the overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, word came that the EPA denied the organization’s petition to ban the chemical 2,4-D.
After news that the FDA dismissed a federal court ruling that the agency needed to enforce viable options for dealing with antibiotic resistant pathogens resulting from the overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, word came that the EPA denied the organization’s petition to ban the chemical 2,4-D.
Read More:Agent Orange 2.0? Why Won’t The EPA Ban Toxic 2,4-D?
February 25th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
On February 23rd, the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) filed a lawsuit against the EPA seeking to force the government agency to consider a petition aimed at banning a common toxic pesticide ingredient that is best known for its use in Agent Orange.
Read More:NRDC Seeing Red Over Agent Orange, Sues EPA
January 3rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Consumer advocacy group, The Cornucopia Institute, is calling for concerned citizens to sign a petition in hopes of blocking Dow Chemical, the manufacturer of 2,4-D— toxic herbicide found in Agent Orange—that is waiting on approval from the USDA for its genetically engineered strain of corn resistant to the controversial chemical.
Read More:Petition Calls to Block Agent Orange Resistant GMO Corn
October 31st, 2011 - Jill Ettinger
Monsanto’s Roundup—the glyphosate-based pesticide—is currently the most heavily used weed killer in the country, but its efficacy is waning as farmers across the nation are reporting Roundup-resistant ‘superweeds’ and pesticide resistant insects taking hold in their fields and leaving farmers with no option but to return to controversial chemicals like 2,4-D, also known as Agent Orange.
Read More:The Return of Agent Orange? 2,4-D Steps in Where Monsanto’s Roundup Fails