USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has conducted a plant pest risk assessment and an environmental assessment on 2,4-D-resistant corn engineered by Dow. APHIS has proposed to deregulate the genetically modified, herbicide resistant crop. They will accept public comment through Feb. 27, 2012.
Increasingly, weeds resistant to glyphosate have created a perverse incentive for chemical companies to design new herbicide-resistant crops. Ironic, in that decreasing the use of 2,4-D and other herbicides was a common rationale for widespread use of glyphosate-resistant crops.