01 May '12, 3pm

GMO Labeling Gets on California Ballot as Agent Orange Corn Nears Approval

Agent Orange was used to defoliate forests and croplands during the Vietnam War and is widely associated with increased cancer risks. It's intended to kill resistant superweeds that have become immune to spraying of Monsanto's Round-Up Ready. The rapidly spreading herbicide-resistant weeds are choking millions of acres of US farmland. A recent peer-reviewed study published in the prestigious journal Bioscience shows using Enlist is likely to lead to even more intractable weeds, however. For decades now, Monsanto has sold its Roundup-Ready seeds as a way to reduce pesticide use, but the opposite has occurred. Farmers have used way more Roundup to kill the ever-increasing, resistant weeds. Now that's no longer working and even more hazardous, potent herbicides are needed - Dow's Enlist is the first of in a planned series of new herbicide-tolerant crops. Monsanto has sold far...

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