From Dr. Mercola:
As glyphosate overuse has led to widespread weed resistance to the chemical, newer, more toxic herbicides have been approved for use on food crops. One such herbicide is Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D, one of the ingredients in Agent Orange.
Enlist Duo is made by Dow AgroSciences, which like Monsanto, sells both genetically engineered seeds and the pesticides they’re designed to withstand. And like Monsanto, Dow apparently has few qualms about bending the rules to get their toxic wares to market.
Dow Busted Making Contradictory Claims
As reported by NPR:1
“Dow AgroSciences … made contradictory claims to different parts of the U.S. government about its latest herbicide. The Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] just found out, and now wants to cancel Dow’s legal right to sell the product …
When Dow applied for permission to sell Enlist Duo in 2011, it told the EPA that this mixture of glyphosate and 2,4-D is no more toxic than the two chemicals are, if considered separately. The EPA accepted that argument and approved the new herbicide just over a year ago …
Several environmental groups went to court to overturn the EPA decision, arguing that combining these two chemicals could result in new ‘synergistic’ toxic effects that the EPA had ignored.
And in the course of that litigation, the EPA discovered that Dow had been telling the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office a different story.
When applying for a patent, an inventor needs to show that something is novel and useful. And Dow’s patent application for Enlist Duo claims that this mixture of chemicals does, in fact, offer farmers something new: ‘synergistic herbicidal weed control.’”
The EPA requested more information from Dow to clarify these “synergistic effects” on non-target plants, and on November 9, the company complied.
The EPA has declined to disclose any details, but have asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals2 to reverse its approval of Enlist Duo pending a full evaluation of this additional information.
EPA Ignored Signs of Health Problems Detected by Dow Scientists
Crazy enough, a breaking story in the Chicago Tribune3 reveals that the EPA is hardly a public hero in this case.
On the contrary, the paper’s investigation found that EPA scientists Linda Taylor and Elizabeth Mendez modified their analysis of an animal study conducted by Dow, rejecting findings of kidney problems that Dow’s own scientists concluded were due to 2,4-D exposure.
By doing so, the EPA came up with a safety level for 2,4-D that is 41 times higher than previous assessments.
This is a chemical that has been linked to cancer and other health problems, and according to exposure projections, once Enlist Duo becomes widely used American children could consume levels of 2.4-D that a number of different nations consider unsafe, including the World Health Organization, Russia, Korea, Canada, and China.
According to the Tribune:
“The EPA scientists who revised that crucial document were persuaded by a Canadian government toxicologist [Lauri Stachiw] who decided