The Associated Press and other news agencies reported on Oct. 15th that “the Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new version of a popular weed killer,” Enlist Duo, a combination of herbicides, glyphosate and 2,4-D, which was one of the ingredients in Agent Orange, “to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans” in spite of oppositions from advocacy groups such as Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice, which are said to be considering lawsuits. The new herbicide, Enlist Duo, is “designed to be used with genetically modified corn and soybeans approved by the Agriculture Department last month.”
According to Bloomberg News, Dow ArgoSciences “applauded the decision and estimates the new products could double earnings for the company in the next five to seven years.”
This news makes me wonder about the point of the Environmental Protection Agency. Does it not exist to protect the American people? Is Enlist Duo really as safe as the EPA says? Is the expanded use of 2, 4-D wise for our future generations?