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Dow: The Other Monsanto

Christina Sarich
NationofChange / News Analysis
Published: Wednesday 26 March 2014
While Monsanto is the deranged big brother of all things biotech, Dow is also a menace worth nipping in the bud as soon as possible.
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If Monsanto, the biggest toxic herbicide maker on the planet had an evil twin, it would be Dow Chemical. These two companies are like Bonnie & Clyde, without the charming disposition. Their aim? To poison the planet with wartime relics made from napalm and Agent Orange chemicals, and to destroy the way farmers have grown food since before 10,000 B.C. While Monsanto is the deranged big brother of all things biotech, Dow is also a menace worth nipping in the bud as soon as possible.

Dow chemical has an arsenal of wartime atrocities. Sure, Monsanto created their own dirty dozen, including Saccharin, PCBs, polystyrene, DDT, and the atom bomb, but Dow is equally infamous for its undesirable contributions to society. Dow Chemical produced Dursban (an organophosphate widely used in pesticides), and Agent Orange, and they now own the company that was responsible for the Bhopal chemical spill, Union Carbide Corporation.

Dow’s latest contribution to the world is a genetically engineered chemical called ‘Enlist’ apropos considering the corporation has deep military industrial complex ties. Just as Monsanto promised that their 2,4-D, Round Up Ready chemicals would make life for farmers easier by killing unwanted weeds, but instead gave them super weeds and super bugs, Dow’s Enlist will likely do the same. The contamination of human beings – with diseases like Chronic b-cell Leukemia, Ischemic Heart Disease, or Prostate Cancer were not enough for these companies. Now they will contaminate entire swaths of US acreage with chemicals that stay in our systems for decades after they are finally, if ever, banned.

According to a report titled, Pesticides and Chemical Injury:

“Pesticides have shown the ability to cause the formation of autoantibodies in experimental animals.[i]  Lymphocyte abnormalities, including excessive activation, and increased autoantibodies, have been reported in humans exposed to the fungicide pentachlorophenol, the insecticide chlorpyrifos (Dursban, etc.), the fumigant formaldehyde, and the germicide Chlordane. 

Increased autoimmune complexes are reported in rural workers exposed to organochlorines as well as urban residents exposed to organophosphates.[ii]  Farm and factory workers with pesticide exposure have also shown immune changes of increased autoimmunity. Agricultural and pest control applicators exposed to organochlorines also shows increased autoimmunity.”

Dow has created the ‘three-gene herbicide tolerant’ Enlist E3 soybean, and up for review is Dow’s 2,4-D and Glufosinate Tolerant Soybean (APHIS-2012-0019). Sadly, Dow’s chemical creations are being fast-tracked by

the U.S. Department of Agriculture under a new policy which cuts review time from an average of 3 years down to 13 to 16 months, which is of course plenty of time to really conduct in-depth science on the long-term effects of these chemical poisons on human beings and the environment.


Dow chemical plans to make billions on their Enlist crops and they wont be held accountable for the damage they do to us or the ecosystem. We need not worry though, Dow will create yet another chemical when Enlist stops working.

Monsanto may be the leader of the toxic chemical game, but Dow is a growing polluter that must be dealt with hastily. Their new seeds are arguably worse than Monsanto varieties. Any seed, including Dow’s new genetically modified corn, that is immune to 2,4 Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), the main ingredient found in Agent Orange, as well as to glfosinate and glyphosate, the active ingredients in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, is nothing to ignore.

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