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EPA2,4-D herbicide does not cause cancer

Agriculture.com Staff 08/14/2007 @ 2:24pm

An herbicide used by farmers, turf professionals and homeowners to control weeds in agricultural crops, lawns and other grassy areas has been found to have no human carcinogenic effects.

Last week, the U.S, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it would not begin a special review process of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid better known as 2,4-D. The EPA first brought the herbicide under consideration for Special Review in 1986 -- a process opened if the use of a pesticide is thought to cause "unreasonable adverse effects to people or the environment," according to EPA documents.

After more than 21 years of research and review, the EPA announced last week its decision not to initiate a special review of 2,4-D because its findings concluded 2,4-D is not a carcinogen.

"The EPA's recent announcement reconfirms that 2,4-D poses no risk to human health," says Jack Dutra, executive director of the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data. "2,4-D is recognized worldwide as a tool that improves the quality and growth of agricultural crops."

An herbicide used by farmers, turf professionals and homeowners to control weeds in agricultural crops, lawns and other grassy areas has been found to have no human carcinogenic effects.

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