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Pumping Up the Pesticides

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Genetically engineered Enlist E3 soybeans are designed to tolerate glyphosate, glufosinate (another herbicide) and 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), one of the ingredients in Agent Orange
  • By 2020, the use of 2,4-D on U.S. farms could rise between 100% and 600%
  • The International Agency for Research on Cancer ruled 2,4-D a possible human carcinogen in 2015, and there is concern it may increase the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and soft-tissue cancer known as sarcoma
  • It’s likely that 2,4-D will cause similar damage to nearby crops and other plants as dicamba, as both are known for drifting

Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most widely used herbicide, sprayed with unprecedented abandon throughout the world. The consequences of this practice are now becoming apparent, with weeds becoming increasingly resistant to it — and a jury finding in yet another landmark trial that the chemical caused cancer.

With the resistance, farmers sold a bill of goods about glyphosate are now scrambling to find a solution for uncontrollable weeds that have outsmarted the man-made chemical. The solution from agribusinesses entities is to introduce new genetically engineered (GE) crops designed to withstand not only glyphosate but also additional herbicides to kill off the weeds glyphosate leaves behind.

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