Dow Chemical Company has given us another reason to buy organic corn. Dow Chemical Company is the second largest chemical manufacturer in the world. Dow’s first products were poisons: bleach and potassium bromide. Eventually, Dow expanded to include agricultural chemicals like herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. But a problem arose: the chemicals Dow had created were not only killing and mutating insects; they were killing and mutating farmers’ crops as well. (See photo above.)
So Dow entered the food industry and genetically engineered seeds to produce plants and bear fruit that appear healthy even after exposure to Dow’s chemical toxins. Their most recent creation, Dow Corn, is resistant to 2,4-D, the powerful herbicide that was a major ingredient in Agent Orange.
Why do we need corn to be resistant to 2,4-D if we no longer use it on crops because we now know it’s so damaging to human health?
Because we’re spraying crops with it anyway.
Read this New York Times article and decide for yourself: “Dow Corn, Resistant to a Weed Killer, Runs Into Opposition.”
Photo via: Corn exposed to Dow’s herbicide 2,4-D. Dow’s new GMO corn is able to withstand the same exposure — but show no physical mutations.