Approved Herbicide Under Fire

The herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, commonly known as 2,4-D, is being attacked by an environmental group that deems it unsafe.

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According to an article on www.billingsgazette.com, an online news source for Montana and Wyoming, EPA is considering rescinding approval of the weed control product, which is one of the top three used in the U.S. It was just a little more than a year-and-a-half ago that EPA said — after years of research — 2,4-D is considered safe for use.

The environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), however, says the herbicide disrupts estrogen and progesterone in humans, among other things.

2,4-D is an ingredient in 1,500 items and has been on the market for about 60 years. When used properly, EPA has no issues with 2,4-D.

According to the article, not everyone agrees with NRDC’s take on the situation. Toxicologists for Western Integrated Pest Management Center, an organization that handles weed research for Montana and five western states, the consensus is there’s no new information that should force the EPA to rescind its approval.

Farm groups have said there isn’t a cost-effective replacement for the herbicide. Agricultural officials at NRDC, however, say no-till farming, pulling weeds, and products such as glyphosate or Roundup will work as a substitute.

Source: http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2009/04/08/news/state/18-pesticide.txt

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Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Dandelions are more of a problem in no-till situations and are poorly controlled by Roundup. 2,4-D is one of the better controls. As for pulling the weeds, the NRDC members are welcome to pull all the dandelions they want.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Try comparing the cost of a hand crew in the state of Washington versus 2-4D, and that is if you can even find enough workers willing to work in a weeding crew. Also, Roundup is a little hard on bluegrass crops compared to using a selective herbicide like 2-4D.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Dandelions are more of a problem in no-till situations and are poorly controlled by Roundup. 2,4-D is one of the better controls. As for pulling the weeds, the NRDC members are welcome to pull all the dandelions they want.

Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

Try comparing the cost of a hand crew in the state of Washington versus 2-4D, and that is if you can even find enough workers willing to work in a weeding crew. Also, Roundup is a little hard on bluegrass crops compared to using a selective herbicide like 2-4D.