USDA nears approval of Dow's Enlist GMO corn and soybeans

The USDA says it is leaning towards approval of Dow AgroSciences' (DOW) genetically modified Enlist corn and soybeans that have been heavily criticized by groups who say they will harm the environment.

The Enlist seeds are designed to be used in combination with a new herbicide developed by DOW that combines the weed-killers 2,4-D, known for its use in the Agent Orange defoliant, and glyphosate.

DOW says the crops and the herbicide combination will help combat an explosion of crop-choking weeds around the U.S. that have become resistant to glyphosate, the chief ingredient in the Roundup herbicide sold by rival Monsanto (MON).

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  • Mack66
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    It will be approved. All it takes is a little more payoff money.Our health matters little.
    3 Jan 2014, 05:57 PM Reply Like
  • justaminute
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    Ever wonder why they don't require food to be labeled that it contains GMO's but must tell you that food has been irradiated?
    3 Jan 2014, 07:10 PM Reply Like
  • Clif the M
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    I think soy is not good for you. I think modified soy is even more not got for you.
    4 Jan 2014, 10:40 AM Reply Like
  • TheeSeer
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    Cliff the myths surrounding soy are ridiculous. Last time I checked there were 1.3 billion Chinese that consume great quantities of soy and actually have lower prostate cancer rates than Americans. The misinformation on soy was originally started by the dairy industry who got scared that soy would replace milk products! No food or drug is good for you in excessive quantities but soy in reasonable amounts has many health benefits.
    5 Jan 2014, 09:33 AM Reply Like
  • TheeSeer
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    The reason GMO's are dangerous is really quite simple. In the process of evolution man has adapted to natural foods and also developed genetic defenses against any foreign substance that enters the body. The body identifies even slight changes in chemical structure and begins an attack to dismantle the invader. So in hormone replacement in women Progestin an artificial form of progesterone has been shown to have more serious side effects than bio identical hormone replacement. So it is that corn and soybeans genetically modified may over time stimulate an inflammatory defensive response from the body that over time could damage cells and even cause cancer. Not worth the risk!! Weeds can be dealt with in other ways. Components once found in "Agent Orange" should not be on our menu and not even labeled!! What the heck is going on??!!
    5 Jan 2014, 09:28 AM Reply Like
  • Edward, Lord Clarendon
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    The 2,4-D wasn't the problem in Agent Orange. Agent Orange was a 50/50 AI blend which included 2,4-D as a defoliant (broadleaf leaves and soft plant matter). It also included 2,4,5-T (which killed woody plants) which was the source of the TCDD (dioxin) culprit. 2,4,5-Twas banned in the 70s, about the time glyphosate (Roundup) was introduced by (oddly enough) Monsanto.


    Personal note:
    Produced a strange landscape. At Khe Sanh in the spring of 1971, when I lived there, the jungle stopped as if cut with a knife, in a distance of 50 feet from full on jungle to not a tree in sight. Instead we found tall grasses. We didn't know why, it just was and were grateful for the fact (much less danger of being bushwacked).. Years later understood that the physical edge was the edge of the defoliation effort, and that Orange did not affect grasses. Unfortunately, with a 10 year half life the 2,4,5-T was in our drinking water, our food, and the dust we slept in and breathed.
    5 Jan 2014, 10:33 AM Reply Like
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