By Fluoride Action Network
ProFume® is the name of the Dow AgroSciences fumigant that was approved for use on food by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pesticides Programs (EPA) in January 2004. It contains 99.8 percent sulfuryl fluoride.
Sulfuryl fluoride breaks down to the fluoride anion in the human body and is the toxicological endpoint of concern.
By Beyond Pesticides
According to the 2010 Agricultural Chemical Use Report released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), use of the herbicide glyphosate, associated with genetically engineered (GE) crops, has dramatically increased over the last several years, while the use of other even more toxic chemicals such as atrazine has not declined.
Contrary to common claims from chemical manufacturers and proponents of GE technology that the proliferation of herbicide tolerant GE crops would result in lower pesticide use rates, the data show that overall use of pesticides has remained relatively steady, while glyphosate use has skyrocketed to more than double the amount used just five years ago.
Posted in Biotechnology, Genetically Engineered Food, pollution, Scientific Studies, USDA
Tagged atrazine, bayer cropscience, dow agroscience, ecocide, GE sugar beets, Glyphosate, gm alfalfa, monsanto, nass, National Agricultural Statistics Service, pesticide use