Ban Agent Orange GM maize in South Africa
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The South African government is highly irresponsible in authorising this highly toxic and dangerous GM maize to enter SA, in the event it is approved in the US. 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. South Africans would be eating this chemically tainted and toxic maize directly. The potential impact of this upon public health does not bear thinking about.
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