From the WEEDS network.

The World Health Organisation is set to examine a widely used pesticide and agribusiness is bracing for bad news, less than three months after the group classified another popular herbicide as “probably” cancer-causing. Twenty-four scientists representing WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are set to analyse scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4-D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon, France. A separate group of IARC scientists in March unanimously decided to classify glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co’s Roundup weedkiller, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The designation prompted outrage and calls for a retraction from Monsanto, and demands by some public officials and consumers for bans on the pesticide. Many believe the same could happen for 2,4-D. “I do think they are going to upgrade 2,4-D,” said Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union who has served on an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as a WHO consultation project. “There is just as strong, or even a stronger case (for links to cancer), on 2,4-D than there was for glyphosate,” he said. IARC’s work is of particular concern to Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemicals.
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http://ethicsasylum.com/2015/06/16/france-bans-the-worlds-leading-herbicide-from-garden-stores/

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  1. Wow, so many anti-biotic resistant bacteria. That will make people be very hygienic in their animal husbandry.

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