USDA Recommends Approval of Dow's Enlist Technology


Dow AgroSciences has received a recommendation from USDA that producers be given full access to seeds containing its new Enlist technology.  According to a draft Environmental Impact Statement from USDA – full deregulation is the preferred alternative for corn and soybean traits from Dow AgroSciences that are resistant to 2,4-D herbicide. The trait has been under USDA review for several years.
According to Dow – growers need new tools now to address the growing challenge of herbicide-resistant and hard-to-control weeds.  The approval covers their Enlist Corn, Enlist soybeans and Enlist E3 soybeans which contain three herbicide-tolerant genes stacked together as part of a single genetic  event in the soybean genome. These genes provide tolerance to Dow’s new 2,4-D product, glyphosate, and glufosinate.
Groups like the Center for Food Safety are opposed to USDA’s recommendation. Executive Director Andrew Kimbrell says the decision – if finalized – would launch American agriculture into a new era of vastly increased dependence on more toxic pesticides. Kimbrell wants the Obama Administration to overturn the proposal – which he calls dangerous and misguided.
The draft EIS will be open for public comment for 45 days once it is published in the Federal Register – which is expected in the next week. The Environmental Protection Agency is currently reviewing the safety of Dow’s Enlist 2,4-D herbicide and is expected to issue its proposed regulatory decision in the next few months.