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Charlotte, NC
(Zone 7b)

December 31, 2011
8:14 AM

Post #8948789

Dow Chemical is seeking USDA approval for a genetically engineered (GE) version of corn that is resistant to 2,4-D, a herbicide that was used in the formulation of the highly toxic defoliant Agent Orange. Agent Orange (half 2,4-D by composition) was extensively used in Vietnam by the military to destroy forests and crops.

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Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

December 31, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8948903

Oh, lovely...


United States
(Zone 5b)

December 31, 2011
10:20 AM

Post #8948918

2,4-D is used in many commercial products. A few commercial names for products containing 2,4-D include Weedtrine-II, Aqua-Kleen, Barrage, Plantgard, Lawn-Keep, Planotox and Malerbane.
Greensboro, AL

January 5, 2012
7:06 AM

Post #8955164

Many of my classmates at San Diego State back in the day were Viet Nam vets. One of the smartest and brightest -- and cutest was a guy who had bone cancer contracted as a result of exposure to agent orange. He got thinner and thinner, but still continued in the graduate program. He died at the age of 27.

I hope the Army is taking better care of its vets today. But, we all have to be aware and take care of our planet. Thanks for keeping us informed, Honeybee.

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