Bees Don’t Like Agent Orange Crops, Either
There’s a long list of reasons the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shouldn’t approve Dow’s new 2,4-D-resistant corn and soy seeds. But as long as we’re talking about bees this week, here’s another.
Besides being linked to cancer and birth defects in humans, 2,4-D, one of the most widely used herbicides in the U.S., is also toxic to honeybees. While the herbicide may not result in the immediate die-off of bees, scientists report that over time, it severely impairs their ability to reproduce.
That’s bad news for you, your health, your kids. And it’s bad news for bees.
The question is this. Whether you’re concerned about your health, or the health of the honeybee population, should a pesticide/herbicide manufacturer, one that produced the Agent Orange herbicide used widely in Vietnam (and which the U.S. government admits is responsible for a host of illnesses in people exposed to it) be in the business of making seeds that produce food for your table?