In phenomenal and ground-breaking news, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just announced that it is revoking the registration of the controversial chemical Enlist Duo.
This is a huge set-back for the GMO industry. Enlist Duo is the super-toxic herbicide (a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D) that is designed to be sprayed on Dow Chemical’s genetically-engineered corn (and soy), widely referred to in the organic industry as Agent Orange Corn. The EPA recognized that the two active ingredients in Enlist Duo could result in greater toxicity to non-target plants, and issued a ruling that may effectively end the threat of Agent Orange Corn.
This is an enormous step forward for public health and safety. But…
… at the very same time, Monsanto, Dow, and their special interest friends have unveiled a new, sneaky approach to hide information about GMOs. Recognizing that the “Deny Americans Right to Know (DARK)” act that they pushed through the U.S. Congress is likely dead in the Senate, they’re offering a “compromise” piece of legislation. It would require GMO labels on food products, but ONLY if they’re hidden in QR codes (which take a smart phone to decipher) on the back of a product.
Worse, this plan would overrule the GMO labeling laws already democratically passed in Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine — and bar future state labeling laws.
Have you ever used a QR code? If you haven’t, you’re not alone. Less than 20% of the U.S. population has ever used one.
If you’re in the U.S., sign the petition now telling your Senator to oppose this horrendous legislation.
The stakes just got even higher, because on November 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Aquabounty’s genetically engineered (GE) salmon – the first-ever GE animal to be approved for human consumption. This decision threatens the very survival of our native salmon populations, and could have unknown health impacts on humans.
But if Monsanto and the biotech industry get their way, this legislation would keep us in the dark about salmon – as well as corn, soy, canola, sugar, and maybe soon, wheat.
If you’re in the US, tell your Senator to oppose this dangerous affront to our right to know what’s in our food.