There is an extremely troubling development taking place in Washington, D.C. right now that needs our immediate attention.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is close to approving a new nano-scale, gene-silencing biopesticide called Calantha, which aims to combat the spread of the Colorado potato beetle.
Unfortunately, this is unlike any other insecticide sprayed on land, as it utilizes a novel genetic engineering technology known as RNA interference (RNAi) — something that has never been used in insecticides before and could set the precedent for an entirely new class of risky chemicals in the future.
Given that it will be sprayed via airplane, the possibility of drift is very significant, not to mention that the risks to humans, endangered species and our food supply are unknown.
Much more testing is needed, but the EPA, presumably pressured by the chemical industry, appears ready to rush this product to market.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you share my deep concern about this biopesticide, there are a few ways that you can help.
Individuals can sign the Center for Food Safety’s petition HERE.
If you are an organization and would like to sign on to the Center for Food Safety’s comments, please contact Jaydee Hanson (JHanson@centerforfoodsafety.org).
*** All actions must be taken by Sunday, October 29th at 11:59pm EST. ***
Thank you so much for your concern.
Max Goldberg, Founder
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