Tag Archive: Dow Agrosciences

Letters to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights for urgent interventions: Dow?s 2,4 D + glufosinate ammonium+ glyphosate tolerant GM soya.

Request for intervention to uphold the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health ? GM crops engineered to be resistant to three herbicides: 2,4-D, glufosinate ammonium and glyphosate.

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Previous letters sent to:

Mr. Anand Grover
Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health

Previous letters sent to:

Mr. Anand Grover
Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health

28-11-2012

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19-03-2013

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Letter to the UN secretariat on 2,4D

Request for intervention on GMOs likely to have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity; GM soybean tolerant to 2,4-D, glufosinate and glyphosate (DAS-44406-6).

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Annex A GM crops in the pipeline: AnnexA-SR-physica-and-mental-health

SOUTH AFRICAN GOVERNMENT BLASTED OVER APPROVAL OF ?AGENT ORANGE? GM SOYA:

Groups appeal to UN High Commissioner For Human Rights, Secretary General of CBD

Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Oakland US?19 March 2013?Civil society groups from South Africa, Latin America- especially Brazil, Argentina- and the United States are deeply disturbed by the recent decision by the South African GMO authorities to grant approval for the import into South Africa, of Dow?s genetically engineered (GE) soybean variety (DAS-44406-6). This variety is genetically engineered to resist liberal applications of the toxic chemicals 2,4-D, glufosinate and glyphosate. Such an approval is calculated to add weight to Dow?s applications for approvals of this GE variety for commercial growing especially in Brazil, Argentina, and the US.

?We condemn the decision by the South African authorities. Once again, economic interests are riding roughshod over our government?s stewardship role to protect the health of our citizens and environment. The decision to approve this GE soybean variety is all the more galling in light of a current motion by the African Christian Democratic Party before the South African Parliament, to overturn a previous decision to allow imports of Dow?s 2,4-D tolerant GE maize into South Africa.? said Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for Biosafety. This GM

What you should know about Dows, 2,4-D GM maize

During May 2012, the South African GMO authorities1 approved Dow Chemical’s highly controversial GM maize variety, DAS-40278-9 for import into South Africa for direct use as food, feed and processing. This GM variety has been genetically engineered to withstand liberal applications of Dow’s toxic chemical herbicide 2,4-D and has yet to be approved for growing anywhere in the world. An application for commercial cultivation has been lodged by Dow in the United States, where it is pending approval, amid a maelstrom of protest from diverse sectors of US society, ranging from public health professionals to US farmers.

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‘Agent Orange’ tainted GM maize given green light in SA

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) is deeply dismayed and shocked that the GMO decision-making body has given the green light for the importation of Dow Chemical’s highly controversial 2,4-D tolerant GM maize (variety DAS 40278-9) into South Africa, where it will be used as food. The variety has yet to be approved in the US, where it continues to face vociferous opposition by civil society groups.

2,4-D was one of two active ingredients in the infamous chemical weapon, ‘Agent Orange‘, used to devastating effect during the Vietnam war. Exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells.

Epidemiologists from the National Cancer Institute in the USA regard this link as the strongest association yet found between a pesticide and a disease. Dozens of human and animal studies have shown 2,4-D to cause birth defects, neurological damage, and interference with reproductive function. The use of 2,4-D in Sweden, Norway and Denmark is banned because of these well publicised links.

The environmental risks of 2,4-D are no less acute, and will increase manifold with the introduction of 2,4-D tolerant maize; the use of 2,4-D in maize farming is expected to increase 30

The GM stacked gene revolution: A biosafety nightmare

Stacked GMOs are those containing more than one gene genetically engineered into a crop plant. A controversial stacked GMO, Smarstax containing 8 such genetically engineered genes, was commercially approved in the US, Canada, Japan and South Korea during 2009. Stacked gene varieties are highly complex, posing new biosafety risks that outpace the capacity of regulatory systems. Since 2005 theglobal area under stackedGMOs has nearly trebled, to just under 30 million ha. If thisrateof adoption continues,an area the size of Mozambique could be planted with them by 2015.Their research, development and ownership is also dominated by a handful of the world’s largest biotech companies. This drive for stacked GMOs is ostensibly for ‘climate ready’ crops to improve ‘food security’ and ‘climate adaptation’. However, the increased profit margins of stacked GMOs, and the opportunities they will afford for the unprecedented patenting of lifeforms hints at an altogether more insidious motivation.

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Bt-Maize 1507 x 59122 x NK 603 / Dow Agrosciences

SUBMISSION OF OBJECTIONS BY THE AFRICAN CENTRE FOR BIOSAFETY (ACB)
OBJECTION TO APPLICATION BY DOW AGROSCIENCES TRIPLE STACKED GM MAIZE, EVENTS, 1507 x NK603 x 59199.

African Centre for Biosafety, Jan 2006

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OVERVIEW

The African Centre for Biosafety (ACB) has to date, lodged objections to the following applications by Dow Agrosciences for commodity import clearance:

GM Maize event 59122
GM Maize event 59122xTC 1507
– GM Maize event 59122x NK603

We will thus not repeat the grounds upon which we have based our comprehensive objections, but reiterate them here, and request that the Executive Council take these into account in considering this application. For more details on those three GM maize events read the respective pages on this web site.

FURTHER GROUNDS FOR OUT OF HAND REJECTION

  • GM 59122 NOT YET APPROVED IN USA/NOT BEING GROWN IN USA

    We are utterly amazed that Dow Agrosciences is persisting in seeking regulatory approval for the current GM maize event 1507x 59122 x NK 603, in the light that the cry genes Bt Cry34Ab1/Cry35Ab1 used in event 59122 have not yet been registered by the Environment Protection Authority in the USA. According to information

Bt-Maize Herculex Xtra / Pioneer HiBred & Dow Agrosciences

Objections To The Application Made By Pioneer Hibred Rsa And Dow Agroscience Southern Africa For Commodity Clearance Of Grain And Derived Products From 1507×59122 Maize (herculex Xtra) To The National Department Of Agriculture, South Africa

African Centre for Biosafety, 18 April 2005

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OVERVIEW
SCIENTIFIC ASSESSMENT

The scientific assessment is based on the information provided as part of the notifier application. The information provided for comment within a period of five days is in excess of 1000 pages comprising largely technical scientific data. The information provided is only that deemed unclassified. Notwithstanding this volume of information, there appear to be several omissions or references to previous applications. The section on toxicity of foreign gene products to humans and animals (page 17), for example, states that a ‘very detailed evaluation of the potential toxicity to humans and animals of the Cry1F, Cry34Ab1, Cry35Ab1 and PAT proteins expressed in 1507 maize and 59122′ was included in the respective applications. As a result, this information is not included in this application. A great deal of the information relating to the digestion assays was obtained from other researchers who have had sight of this data.

Bt-Maize 59122 / Pioneer HiBred & Dow Agrosciences

SUBMISSION OF OBJECTIONS BY THE AFRICAN CENTRE FOR BIOSAFETY (ACB) and Friends of the Earth U.S.

Objections To The Application Made By Pioneer Hibred Rsa And Dow Agroscience Southern Africa For Commodity Clearance Of Genetically Modified Organisms, Specifically 59122 Maize To The National Department Of Agriculture, South Africa
African Centre for Biosafety, 8 March 2005

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Comments On The Application By Pioneer Hi-bred Rsa And Dow Agroscience Southern Africa For Commodity Clearance Of Genetically Modified 59122 Maize To The National Department Of Agriculture, South Africa
Friends of the Earth U.S., 9 March 2005

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OVERVIEW
SUMMARY OF LEGAL ISSUES
1. EC TO UPHOLD RIGHT TO SAFE FOOD; REFUSE APPLICATION BASED ON PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE

It is our submission, taking into account our scientific assessment; the Executive Council will flout the constitutionally protected rights of South Africans to safe food if it were to grant a safety approval for Pioneer/Dow’s Herculex RW GM maize. Indeed, the Department of Health, who plays an oversight role on the Executive Council in terms of the GMO Act, has on obligation to safeguard the consumer from foodstuffs that are harmful or injurious to human health and ensure a science-based and