INDUSTRY TASK FORCE II ON
2,4-D RESEARCH DATA


AUDIO NEWS RELEASE
Washington, DC
August 10, 2007

Links: (EPA decision) (Text News Release)

For more information, contact
Jack Dutra, Executive Director
Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data
800-345-5109 or info@24D.org


EPA SAYS NO SPECIAL REVIEW OF 2,4-D NEEDED
AFTER YEARS OF RESEARCH DATA PROVE IT’S NOT A HUMAN CARCINOGEN


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The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Wednesday, August 8, that after 21 years of reviewing data on the popular herbicide 2,4-D, the product was shown to have no cancer-causing effects.

EPA released its decision that 2,4-D would not be the subject of Special Review, a process that is initiated when a pesticide is thought to cause "unreasonable adverse effects to people or the environment," according to EPA documents.

Jack Dutra (Doo-trah), the executive director of the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data, explains the EPA’s findings and what this decision means for farmers:

        

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"Essentially what their findings were in looking at all the data, there is no evidence or correlation between 2,4-D and any human carcinogenic effects. They haven’t labeled it as a non-carcinogen, but it does not cause carcinogenic effects in humans."

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"For the Ag industry, what that means is that the product, which is the most widely used in the world for weed control or with weed control products, that they can put out the product as labeled and feel safe that there are no health problems as a result of them using 2,4-D in their herbicide or mixes."

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"The last study was a NAPIAP study, and I think it is eight years old or more, and at that time the effect on U.S. agriculture alone would have been an additional 1.7 billion dollars in annual expense for raising the food crops where the product is used."

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"We are very happy with this determination because 2,4-D is an essential herbicide for U.S. growers of a variety of important crops, including wheat, corn, rice, soybeans, potatoes, sugar cane and other stone fruits and nuts. In the reregistration, we did not lose a single use of the product."

          
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For those who want more information on this EPA decision or on 2,4-D, Dutra offers two options:

        

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We have a web site at w-w-w-dot-2-4-D-dot-org. A lot of data is there, backgrounders, public studies, EPA RED documents, a lot of that information is there. If they do not have internet access, but have a phone, they can call me at 1-800-3-4-5-5-1-0-9 and I will be happy to get copies or print off copies and have them sent to them."



About the Task Force

The Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data was formed, as allowed under U.S. pesticide laws, to fund the new research required by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Canadian Pest Management Regulatory Agency under their current pesticide re-registration/re-evaluation programs. The Task Force does not conduct any research, it simply must fund it. The actual research, under both U.S. and Canadian law, must be done by GLP qualified laboratories. The current companies making up the Task Force are Dow AgroSciences (U.S.), Nufarm Ltd. (Australia) and Agro-Gor Corp., a U.S. corporation jointly owned by Atanor, S.A. (Argentina) and PBI-Gordon Corp. (U.S.)