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source: Supporting Vets' Letter to Obama on 2,4-D; A Fitting Memorial
The toxicity of Agent Orange is generally attributed to its dioxin contaminants. Though 2,4-5-T (banned since 1978) is the worse of the two chemicals, 2,4-D exposure has independently been associated with the deadly immune system cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease, hepatitis, lower sperm counts, and birth defects in the children of exposed applicators. 2,4-D is the seventh leading source of dioxin in the U.S., and this excludes dioxin emissions from factories that produce it. While dioxin levels in current 2,4-D are lower than in Agent Orange, a recent Australian study shows that today’s 2,4-D contains as much dioxin as it did twenty years ago, directly contradicting industry assurances to EPA that production improvements have reduced dioxin levels..
..Approving crops engineered solely for the purpose of tolerating more of this toxic weed-killer should concern us all. Experts project that a widespread planting of 2,4-D corn will dramatically increase overall use of 2,4-D in agriculture. Use of 2,4-D will sky-rocket from 27 million pounds at present to over 100 million pounds per year. And corn is just the tip of this health-imperiling iceberg. 2,4-D-resistant soybeans and cotton will increase usage still more.
Originally posted by groingrinder
While I was reading this post. Somebody beat me to the flag button. Now I am pissed. Anyway good post. I doubt Obama will listen, but at least the vets are giving it a good try. They would know better than anyone.
Originally posted by HumanCondition
While I share your anger, and yes this is obviously a terrorist state that does not care about its people.
Its a bit pointless to blame Obama.
He is just a puppet.
Originally posted by hawkiye
yep nasty stuff. Farmers spray it on pastures all over america to kill broad leaf but then their cattle eat the grass...