Yikes. A new Dow Chemical corn is resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D (Agent Orange, anyone?). Meaning a lot more of it is about to be sprayed across American fields. Barry Estabrook on a new law suit hopes to change that.
Just before Christmas, the U.S. Department of Agriculture took steps toward approving a new variety of corn engineered by Dow AgroSciences that would survive being sprayed by the herbicide 2,4-D, a component of the notorious weed killer Agent Orange. The chemical may be a carcinogen and causes reproductive problems, neurotoxicity, and immunosuppression, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.