Enlist Duo (Glyphosate and 2,4-D) pesticide revoked by EPA



by Catherine Haug (image, right, from Organic Consumers Assoc., used with permission)

Today’s breaking news is good news for those of us opposed to GMOs and the use of toxic pesticides. Both glyphosate (Roundup) and 2,4-D (part of Agent Orange) are known to be toxic and harmful for human health, yet they are heavily sprayed on GMO crops resistant to them, to kill the weeds that compete with the crops. Anyone (human, livestock, etc.)  who eats the crop (corn, soy, and others) gets the poison too. (Note that this product was only recently approved by the EPA in October 2015)

“The EPA said it received new information from Dow AgroSciences – the registrant of Enlist Duo – that suggests two active ingredients could result in greater toxicity to non-target plants.” (1) It then issued a ruling that may effectively end the threat of “Agent Orange Corn.”

About these herbicides

Glyphosate and 2,4-D are systemic herbicide poisons, meaning that when sprayed on a plant, the herbicide is taken up by the entire plant from leaf to root, then dies unless it is resistant to the herbicide – but not before the herbicide also poisons the soil microbes and mycorrhizae essential for the life of the plant kingdom. When you eat that herbicide-resistant plant, you get the poison too.

As an antibiotic, glyphosate kills the good bugs that live in your intestines as your first defense against disease, thus weakening your immune system; both herbicides are believed to play a significant role in development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Both herbicides are documented as ‘probably carcinogenic’ to humans.

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  1. CNBC (from Reuters): cnbc.com/2015/11/25/reuters-america-update-1-epa-withdraws-registration-for-dows-enlist-duo-herbicide.html and reuters.com/article/2015/11/25/agriculture-dow-enlist-idUSL1N13K1O420151125#XT6dQwpLPT5ZSod6.97

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