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DEADLINE TOMORROW: Help Stop ‘Agent Orange’ Crops!

I got this newsletter in my e-mail today. If your state congressman hasn’t signed it yet, please encourage them to, before it’s too late. Then tell everyone else you know to do the same ASAP.  If there in a state that still needs senators against it. Thank you! Everyone one will benifit greatly, if we stop this. If we don’t. We’re in big trouble! 

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DEADLINE TOMORROW: Help Stop ‘Agent Orange’ Crops!

Dear Everyone,

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) want to approve Dow’s new Enlist-brand corn and soy crops that are engineered to resist a deadly herbicide, concocted from a combination of Monsanto’s Roundup and Dow’s 2,4-D herbicide. (2,4-D is one of the chemicals used to create Agent Orange, used by the U.S. Army to defoliate jungles and destroy food crops during the Vietnam War).

Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore) and Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) are trying to stop them. But they need your help today.

Please contact your Congress members today and ask them to sign on to a letter by Reps. DeFazio and Pingree asking the USDA and EPA to reject Dow’s “Agent Orange” crops! (You can check the list below to see if your Congress member has already signed).

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) signaled it will approve Dow’s new Enlist-brand corn and soy crops, even though the agency admits that if the new crops are approved, the annual use of the herbicide 2,4-D would jump from 26 million pounds to 176 million pounds.

In their letter to the USDA and EPA, Reps. DeFazio and Pingree argue that the agencies are ignoring the science that shows that 2,4-D-resistant crops pose “significant threats to farmers through genetic contamination and herbicide drift, which can damage neighboring crops, wild plants and pollinator habitat.”

They conclude: “The risks of approving 2,4-D crops are simply too great to jeopardize public health, the environment and the long – term health and safety of our food supply.”

Please contact your Congress members today and ask them to sign on to a letter by Reps. DeFazio and Pingree asking the USDA and EPA to reject Dow’s “Agent Orange” crops!

More here and here.

Read the Dear Colleague letter

Congress members who have already signed:

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.)
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.)
Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.)
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.)
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.)
Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.)
Rep. Paul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)
Rep. James Langevin (D-R.I.)
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.)
Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.)
Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.)
Rep. Mary Kaptur (D-Ohio)
Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)
Rep. Mike Michaud, (D-Maine)
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.)
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.)
Rep. Janet Napolitano (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia)
Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.)
Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.)
Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Bobby Rush (D- Ill.)
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.)
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.)

– Katherine, Melinda and the OCA Team

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