Just Label It Applauds USDA’s Decision to Extend Review of 2,4-D Corn
Washington, D.C. (May 10th, 2013) – Just Label It applauded the USDA’s recent decision to extend its review of the proposed “Enlist” corn, a genetically engineered crop developed by biotech companies Dow and Monsanto. Last summer, more than 35,000 Just Label It supporters wrote letters to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, urging the USDA to reject approval of the “Enlist” crop, citing potential environmental and health dangers.
The proposed herbicide-resistant crop would combine weed-killers glyphosate and 2,4-D, a controversial ingredient used in Vietnam War defoliant, Agent Orange. Numerous studies have linked 2,4-D exposure to major health problems such as cancer, liver dysfunction, Parkinson’s disease, and other human health concerns.
“The USDA’s decision to conduct further review of 2,4-D corn is extremely important step in the regulatory process, brought about by strong consumer concern,” said Scott Faber, Executive Director of Just Label It. “The truth is, we just don’t yet know the full impact of these crops on both the environment and our health. Until we do, these crops should not enter the marketplace.”
The USDA’s decision comes on the same day that Vermont’s House of Representatives voted through H.112, a bill requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods in the state of Vermont. More than 30 other states are considering similar legislation this year.
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