Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown
Thanks to the blessings of nature and good farmers, you and I are able to enjoy such scrumptious delights as fresh corn-on-the-cob, popcorn, or other variations of this truly-great grain. And now, thanks to Dow Chemical and federal regulators, we can look forward to "Agent Orange Corn."
The chemical giant is in line to gain approval for putting a genetically-altered corn seed on the market that will produce corn plants that won't die when doused with high levels of 2,4-D. This potent pesticide was an ingredient in Dow's notorious Agent Orange defoliant, which did horrific damage to soldiers and civilians in the Vietnam War. However, the corporation and the feds claim that 2,4-D was not the deadliest ingredient of the killer defoliant and has not yet been proven to cause cancer in humans, so they're pressing ahead to let this corporate-constructed seed be planted across America.
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