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USDA: People before profits

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  • As a concerned citizen, I strongly urge you to put people before profits, and reject the use of 2,4-D and genetically engineered crops which are resistant to it.

  • 2,4-D is linked to too many health risks like cancer, parkinsons disease, birth defects and liver disease, and there isn’t enough reliable data to understand the consequences of wide-use of 2,4-D on crops.

  • Studies show that 2,4-D levels are higher in young children which puts them at greatest risk of health issues -- there are thousands of elementary schools nearby farms where 2,4-D could be sprayed.

  • We urge you to champion the process of finding sustainable solutions to pests -- not approve harmful short-term solutions which have long-term effects on humans and the environment
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    USDA: People before profits
    A toxic herbicide which has been linked to several scary health risks like cancer and birth defects, could be approved and used widely on farms across the US. The USDA is holding a public consultation about it now, and if we flood them with comments against this, we could stop it from getting approved.

    This toxic herbicide, known as 2,4-D, makes up half the mixture of the dangerous defoliant Agent Orange used in Vietnam. Since then it’s been linked to birth defects, cancer, and parkinsons disease to name a few. The government has two decision two make -- one to approve the herbicide itself, and one to approve crops which are resistant to it. They could decide in just weeks, but the USDA is currently holding a public consultation about it before making their final decision. 50 members of congress have already urged the USDA to reject this -- let’s join their call by flooding them with messages before the consultation period ends.

    Exposure studies show that levels of 2,4-D end up being higher in young children, and there are thousands of elementary schools surrounding farms where 2,4-D could be sprayed which puts them at greatest risk of harm. Send the USDA an urgent message now -- we have just days left to act.

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