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Agent Orange corn On a national level, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) received comments from 140 farm, environmental, health, fisheries groups groups and more than 365,000 citizens urging them to reject Dow Chemical's GMO corn, which is resistant to the hazardous herbicide 2,4-D. The product is entering the final stages of regulatory approval and could be sprayed on fields in 2013. Although it's well know that 2,4-D causes cancer, hormone disruption, genetic mutations, neurotoxicity, Parkinson's Disease, and birth defects, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chose not to ban or limit its use, paving the way for USDA approval. Instead of relying on independent research, the EPA relied on contradictory evidence submitted by the herbicide's manufacturer, Dow Chemical.