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Agent Orange Being Reintroduced? No Way!

Reintroduce Agent Orange? Are you kidding me?

This morning the first email I saw was the following message:

Next week, the USDA will decide whether to allow Monsanto and Dow to introduce one half of the chemical mixture Agent Orange into our food supply. Widescale use of Roundup has led to a new generation of resistant weeds, and the next step in the pesticide arms race is 2,4-D -- a chemical linked to cancer, Parkinson's and reproductive problems. 

Farmers that sign up to use genetically-engineered 2,4-D-resistant corn will be required to spray down their fields with both 2,4-D and Roundup, double-dosing our food, our soil and our waterways with the toxins. Some experts estimate this will increase the use of 2,4-D 50-fold, even though the EPA says the chemical is already our seventh-largest source of dioxins -- nasty, highly toxic chemicals that bioaccumulate as they move up the food chain and cause cancer, developmental damage, and birth defects.

We can stop this. The use of 2,4-D is banned entirely in parts of Canada and Europe, and right now the US Department of Agriculture is accepting public comments on 2,4-D to decide whether or not to approve the widespread industrial use of the toxin

This is part of a growing problem, an escalating herbicide war going on across America’s heartland. From 1996 to 2008, herbicide usage increased by 383 million pounds. Nearly half of this took place between 2007 and 2008 after the introduction of another strain of herbicide-resistant plant pushed by Dow. Like Roundup before it, 2,4-D is only a temporary solution that will require more and more tons of toxins and more and more potent chemicals leaching into our food supply.

2,4-D is nasty stuff and has been linked to a number of health problems, such as tripling the rates of non-Hodgkins lymphoma in Nebraska farmworkers exposed to it and causing reproductive problems -- birth defects and high rates of miscarriage -- in both mice and men exposed to it in the lab and field.

Tell the USDA - we don’t want Monsanto’s toxic pesticide. (click on link below)

http://sumofus.org/campaigns/24-d/?akid=374.689001.dy9Plk&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=4

-Kaytee, Claiborne Taren and the rest of the team

SumOfUs.org

I thought this was important information that you should have.

I did not serve in Vietnam but heard about the horrors of agent orange for many years.  Please add your voice.

Michael Kaynard is a local photographer who lives in West Ashley.  You can view his photos at http://kaynardphotography.webs.com.  He can be reached at mkaynard@gmail.com or 843-412-2299.

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JoSCh April 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
I'm pretty sure our founding fathers would WANT us to get cancer as long as the profit margins of a huge multinational that funds our elections aren't adversely affected. You'd have to be liberal or a minority to not see that. Yes, I'd love some more tea, thank you.
Laurie Benjamin April 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Michael: I really hope this turns out to be one of those crazy emails that turns out not to be true, but in the event that it is, I signed the petition on behalf of my Dad, a Vietnam vet in his mid-60's who is a ski instructor, extreme athlete and currently is and always has been one of the fittest people I know. Unfortunately he's also had two heart-attacks. The Army finally admitted a few years ago that his heart problems ( along with many other Vietnam vets) were a direct result of agent orange in Vietnam and gave him disability, which covers the massive amount of heart maintenance he's had. I'm just glad he's stayed so fit, otherwise, I would have lost him long ago.
Michael Kaynard April 20, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Give your dad my best wishes and thank him for his service. I am also sorry that he has also been a victim of the Vietnam War. Thanks for your comment.

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