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(article, Culinate staff)
Food activists have been challenging Dow's 2,4-D corn — the latest iteration of GM corn — for several months now on various grounds: the belief that GM foods should be labeled as such, or the evidence that the corn could cause health problems. Now farmers are joining the protest movement, on the basis that the new corn, which is engineered to be resistant to the herbicide 2,4-D, will naturally lead to an increase in the use of the herbicide and cause non-resistant crops to suffer. As Andrew Pollack noted in the New York Times, bq. The Save Our Crops Coalition, as it calls itself, says it is not opposed to biotechnology. But it fears that fruits and vegetables, which will not be immune to 2,4-D, will become unintended casualties of herbicide drift as the chemical is sprayed on tens of millions of acres of corn.