Comments end for Enlist Duo but not the fight
Dow AgroSciences is anticipating a positive next step in the registration process for Enlist Duo herbicide. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) closed the comment period on its proposed registration decision for Enlist Duo, which is the herbicide for use with the Enlist Weed Control System that hasn’t been given Department of Agriculture approval yet.
The likelihood is that registration of the herbicide to use with the Enlist biotechnology crop trait approval of one or more crops will be somewhat simultaneous from past history of such new product introductions.
Dow AgroSciences appears confident of registration because of the hardship to farmers from “persistent pressure from glyphosate-resistant and hard-to-control weeds.” These weeds have spread across the U.S. and are having a negative effect on crop yields. Resistant and hard-to-control weeds have more than doubled from 2009, and affect an estimated 70 million acres.
Dow AgroSciences claims Enlist Duo during the comment period drew broad support from farmers, university scientists, agriculture associations, members of the public and others. And they are positive that a huge percentage of those commenting urged the EPA to move quickly to register Enlist Duo, which will be a key tool for weed resistance management.
In its “Proposed Registration of Enlist Duo Herbicide” released on April 30, EPA stated it has a “full and scientifically robust data set on 2,4-D” with respect to human health, noted Dow AgroSciences.
There has been no official announcement of the negative comments or on what grounds those commenting against the herbicide were basing their requested rejection of Enlist Duo registration. Off-target movement or application drift of Enlist Duo because it contains a formulation of 2,4-D, has been a hot button by some critics.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) started screaming about 2,4-D being a poisonous chemical this week and is still fighting against the EPA registering Enlist Duo.
Here is the comment sent to consumer and agricultural media alike: “There are 5,609 American schools within 200 feet of farm fields that may soon be blanketed with massive amounts of a toxic defoliant linked to Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and reproductive and immune system problems.
“That’s the finding of a new EWG analysis that shows that hundreds of thousands of children across the country will be at risk of increased exposure to the harmful chemical compound—2,4-D—if the Environmental Protection Agency approves a new weed killer mixture called ‘Enlist Duo’ created by Dow AgroSciences.”
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