Action Alert! Stop Monsanto and Co’s new GE seeds, USDA’s GE ‘pipeline’

From Climate Connections:

by November 14, 2012

Note:  Along with herbicide resistant corn and soy seeds, ArborGen’s cold-tolerant GE eucalyptus trees have also been fast- tracked for approval, although no decision has been made yet.   GE eucalyptus are highly flammable and invasive.  Please sign GJEP’s petition to the USDA demanding a band on the planting of genetically engineered trees here.  With your help, we CAN stop GE trees from becoming a reality.

-The GJEP Team

November 13, 2012.  Source: Pesticide Action Network

The “Big 6” pesticide corporations are moving quickly to push for USDA approval of their new wave of seeds genetically engineered to be used with older, more dangerous and drift-prone herbicides. Herbicide-resistant seeds now in the pipeline — including Dow’s 2,4-D corn and Monsanto’s dicamba soy — will drive up the use of these hazardous chemicals, destroying neighbors’ crops and creating unnecessary health risks to farmers, workers and rural communities.

Urge USDA to stop the GE pipeline; Dow’s application for 2,4-D-resistant corn is first in the queue, and 2,4-D soy andMonsanto’s dicamba-resistant soy are not far behind.

With a decision on the first application due any day, we need to speak up now. And loudly.

Scientists warn that 2,4-D corn alone could increase the herbicide’s use by 30-fold. The introduction of dicamba soy could cause a similarly dramatic surge in use. And both herbicides are known to drift, easily destroying other farmers’ crops of tomatoes, grapes, beans, cotton, soy — just about any broadleaf plant.

Just as Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready seed line led to the emergence of herbicide-resistant “superweeds” infesting millions of acres of farmland across the country, so too will the next generation of GE seeds. The result? more risk and harm from super weeds and pesticide drift affecting farmers, workers, rural economies, health and livelihoods, but more profits for Dow, Monsanto and therest of the Big 6 pesticide companies, whose chemical sales depend on pushing these new GE seeds.

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