The biotech industry's answer to the huge weed-problem it has inflicted on farms after years of spraying glyphosate weedkiller on biotech seeds, is (predictably) more of the same. Indeed, packages of dual herbicide formulations plus dual herbicide-tolerant GM seeds are the business now.
Enlist Duo opens up a whole can of worms. For example ...
All safety evidence provided to regulators is based on pure chemical forms of 2,4-D and of glyphosate. Questions surrounding the added ingredients in the formulation aren't addressed .
Dow stresses that Enlist Duo contains a new version of 2,4-D formulation which is safer for farmers and neighbouring crops. How much of the data on 2,4-D submitted to the EPA is on new-version 2,4-D and how much is a re-hash of decades old, out-dated studies on old-version 2,4-D. Put another way, how much cherry-picking has there been between old and new data to extract the 'right' evidence?
Glyphosate and 2,4-D may or may not act synergistically to kill weeds better, but do they enhance each other's ability to promote cancer or damage the kidneys of consumers?
At the beginning of 2016, Australian cotton farmers announced the worst cropping season on record. Just half way through the season, the financial impact has been put at £20 million. Their problem comes down to incorrect spraying of 2,4-D which can land invisibly more than 10 kilometres away. Growers of mung-beans and grapes have reported similar crop damage. No doubt the biotech industry answer will be 2,4-D-resistant cotton, mung-beans and grapevines.
China's wariness might delay the marketing of Enlist Duo, but it won't stop it forever.
Tell your MEP that the EU must not approve (GM) animal feed treated with Enlist Duo plus, no doubt, ever-increasing residues of 2,4-D and glyphosate, and a host of unknowns .
If you're wondering how an herbicide hugely involved in the horrific and ongoing health problems in Vietnam can so easily be considered safe, Carol Van Strum blames this on the 'dioxin diversion'. Because 2,4,5-T was conveniently found to be contaminated with traces of this highly toxic substance, all blame was successfully directed away from the two herbicidal components of Agent Orange. Check out Carol Van Strum's A Bitter Fog, 1983, Sierra Club Books, ISBN 0-87156-329-0.
 GLYPHOSATE IS A PROBABLE CARCINOGEN - May 2015
 GLYPHOSATE AND KIDNEY DISEASE - April 2014
 GLYPHOSATE AND KIDNEY DISEASE - EMERGING DETAILS - April 2015
 GLYPHOSATE PLUS A WEALTH OF CONTAMINANTS - October 2015
- Carcinogenicity of lindane, DDT, and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, The Lancet, 23.06.15
- Philip J. Landrigan and Charles Benbrook, GMOs, Herbicides, and Public Health, New England Journal of Medicine, 20.08.15
- Jesse Newman, EPA Seeks to Revoke Approval of Dow Chemical's Enlist Duo Herbicide, Wall Street Journal, 25.11.15
- Karl Plume, EPA asks court to withdraw registration of Dow herbicide, Reuters, 26.10.15
- Linda Wells, Pesticide Action Network North America, Exposing the EPA's Dark Side, www.alternet.org, 6.01.16
- Patrica Callahan, Court clears way for revival of worrisome weedkiller, Chicago Tribune, 28.01.16
- Dijana Damjanovic, Cotton farmers battle one of the worst cropping seasons on record after pesticide damage, ABC, 2.01.16