EPA revokes Enlist Duo registration

toxic chemicalThe EPA has revoked the registration for Enlist Duo which contains 2,4,D. A group of scientists, doctors and business leaders have previously spoken at a congressional hearing and advised Congress to petition the U.S. government to reject an application. The Enlist Duo application is being considered by the USDA and the EPA that would allow the marketing of Enlist Duo; a new generation herbicide consisting of a mix of 2,4-D and glyphosate.

The medical experts advised Congress that the herbicide and the corresponding herbicide genetically resistant engineered crops would constitute a pubic and cause an environmental catastrophe.

Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co, has submitted application for both the 2,4-D and glyphosate herbicide and genetically engineered corn and soybean genetically engineered to be resistant to the 2,4-D/glyphosate combination.

The following excerpts are briefings made to the U.S. congress by prominent scientific and medical experts.

“Exposures to herbicides in early life can lead to disease in childhood or disease later on in adult life or even old age,” said Dr. Landrigan, dean for global at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. “Herbicide chemicals can also cross from mother to child during and prenatal exposures that occur during the nine months of are especially dangerous.”

“Physicians are very concerned about exposure to the combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate because of the potential lifelong and irreversible effects on the of vulnerable populations, including children, pregnant women and farm workers,” said Dr. Thomasson, executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility. “Policy should take into account the costs that can result from failure to act on the available data on toxic herbicides.”

“2,4-D already is permitted by EPA to remain as residues on over 300 different forms of ,” said John P. Wargo, Ph.D., professor of environmental and politics at Yale University. “Spraying millions of additional acres with these chemicals will increase their contamination of soils, surface and and foods bearing their residues. If applied by aircraft, sprays will drift to adjacent lands, potentially endangering those who reside, go to school or work nearby.”

“The biotech industry is about to repeat the same mistakes that got us into this predicament,” said Doug Gurian Sherman, Ph.D, senior scientist with Center for Safety. “The public must demand policies and research that help farmers adopt proven, ecologically-based farming systems with minimal pesticide use that are productive, profitable and better for society.”

“The toxic herbicide mix is being proposed because glyphosate alone is no longer working, since its overuse has led to the development of herbicide-resistant ‘superweeds’,” said Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Stonyfield Farm and Just Label It. “This ‘chemical treadmill’ benefits the GE patent holders at the expense of farmers, human and the environment.”

In June, 35 doctors, scientists and researchers, including Dr. Chensheng (Alex) Lu of of Public and Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra, a retired division chief of the California Department of Public , sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy urging her to deny Dow’s application.

“The risks of approving a new 2,4-D mixture are clear,” said Mary Ellen Kustin, senior policy analyst at the Environmental Working Group. “If approved, the use of 2,4-D would increase three-to-sevenfold by 2020, according to the USDA. The risks are too great and benefits too few to jeopardize public and the environment.”

EPA is taking this action after realizing that the chemical is more harmful and that the buffer zones required for its use are not adequate to protect from an adverse impact.

“Instead of looking for genetically engineered silver bullets that result in crop failure, we should be expanding organic agricultural systems that are productive and profitable, protect public and the environment and slow global climate change,” said Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides.

EPA had approved the use of Enlist Duo in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and North Dakota, and had intended to approve it in additional areas in the near future.

The suit was filed by Earthjustice and Center for Safety, on behalf of Center for Safety, Beyond Pesticides, Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Working Group, the National Family Farm Coalition, and Pesticide Action Network . The decision by the EPA is listed here:


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