The two crops are resistant to a chemical known as dicamba, which the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) describes as a "close cousin" of 2,4-D, one of the primary active components in the infamous Agent Orange defoliant. These same crops will come stacked with Monsanto's Roundup Ready gene as well, which will allow them to be sprayed with a special "premix" of both dicamba and glyphosate.
"Dicamba-tolerant soy and cotton are simply the latest example of USDA's allegiance to the biotechnology industry and dependence upon chemical solutions," reads a statement issued by Food & Water Watch (FWW) Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. "This continues the disturbing trend of more herbicide-tolerant crop approvals taking place under President Obama's watch."
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