USDA Leaning Toward Full Deregulation of Dow’s Enlist Seeds

According to a draft Environmental Impact Statement from USDA - full deregulation is the preferred alternative for corn and soybean traits from Dow AgroSciences that are resistant to 2,4-D herbicide. Dow's Enlist corn and soybeans are the first developed with 2,4-D resistance. They have been under USDA review for several years. According to Dow - growers need new tools now to address the growing challenge of herbicide-resistant and hard-to-control weeds. But groups like the Center for Food Safety are opposed to USDA's recommendation. Executive Director Andrew Kimbrell says the decision - if finalized - would launch American agriculture into a new era of vastly increased dependence on more toxic pesticides. Kimbrell wants the Obama Administration to overturn the proposal - which he calls dangerous and misguided. The draft EIS will be open for public comment for 45 days once it is published in the Federal Register - which is expected in the next week. The Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the safety of Dow's Enlist 2,4-D herbicide and is expected to issue its proposed regulatory decision in the next few months.

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