Dow has genetically engineered corn and soybeans so that the plants can withstand the application of 2,4-D, half of the notorious Agent Orange chemical cocktail. Studies show that 2,4-D messes with your hormones, damages your nervous system, lowers your immunity to illnesses, and causes reproductive problems.
Unfortunately, this chemical is already being used in industrial agriculture. But its use is limited because it kills so many plants—farmers have to be careful about how and when they spray it. If Dow’s GMO crops are approved, however, farmers will be able to spray 2,4-D throughout the growing season to kill weeds without damaging the GMO crops. This means a lot more 2,4-D in the environment and as residue on your food!