Court rejects EPA plan to withdraw Enlist Duo approval

EnlistA federal appellate court last week ruled against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) request to withdraw its approval for the herbicide Enlist Duo designed specifically for use on GE corn and soybean crops to combat weeds that have developed resistance to glyphosate. Enlist Duo is composed of a combination of two herbicides—glyphosate and 2,4-D. In November, EPA had asked the court to vacate its approval of the herbicide after it learned of data suggesting it may be much more toxic to non-target plants. According to Beyond Pesticides, the court’s decision will allow Dow Chemical to sell Enlist Duo while EPA takes a second look at the weed killer. It is uncertain when farmers will be able to plant the new GE crops resistant to Enlist Duo, as American grain elevators won’t accept them until China—a major buyer of U.S. crops—approves them.

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