CIRS Blog about Rural California
Labeling is — for both sides — a proxy to a much bigger issue, which is the expansion of genetically engineered corn, cotton and soybeans that now blanket 170 million acres in the United States. The GMO genie is well out of the bottle, but the Obama administration now stands on the brink of approving a whole new generation of genetically engineered crops that are resistant to an older generation of herbicides known as 2,4-D and dicamba. This fight is less about the safety of foods for human consumption than with unintended environmental consequences of genetically engineered (GE) crops. These include super weeds, the decline of the monarch butterfly and the impending massive use of the older and more volatile herbicides.
The current generation of crops engineered to tolerate Monsanto’s RoundUp herbicide, or glyphosate, has led to the evolution of resistant super weeds, now rampant across the South and Midwest. Farmers are clamoring for new engineered crops that also resist World War II era herbicides 2, 4-D and dicamba, more volatile compounds that drift in the air and kill any broadleaf plant in their path. Although Dow Agrosciences claims that the new versions are less volatile, non-GMO farmers in the Save Our Crops Coalition have petitioned the administration to deny approval.