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By Dra Graciela Vizcay Gomez
In a letter sent to the USDA and EPA, legislators with Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, and Chellie Pingree, D-Maine called for rejection of the registration for containing the "same compound used in Agent Orange that made many Vietnam veterans sick. "legislators said in a press release posted on DeFazio's website. We ask the USDA and EPA to fully review the facts, law and science in this case. "" Over 400,000 public comments indicate, the risks of 2,4-D approval risks are too great to jeopardize public health, the environment and the long-term sustainability of our food supply. "
Likewise, 35 prominent doctors, scientists and researchers have signed a letter delivered to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, urging the US Environmental Protection Agency to deny approval of the new toxic herbicide 2 double mix, 4-D and glyphosate, which is marketed as "Enlist Duo TM".
Exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to thyroid, immune and reproductive problems, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and Parkinson's disease. The EPÁ itself recognized that "there could be additional toxicological effects (synergistic or additive), due to the presence of two herbicides." Opposing firms include Dr. Philip Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Dr. Catherine Thomasson of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Juan P. Wargo, Ph.D. from Yale University, Doug Gurian-Sherman, Ph.D. from the Center for Food Safety, Dr. Chensheng (Alex) Lu, from the School of Public Health, Dr. Raymond Richard Neutra, retired California Department of Public Health Chief, and Gary Hirshberg from Stonyfield Farm.
"Exposure to herbicides in early life can lead to illness in childhood or illness later in adult life or even old age," said Dr. Landrigan of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "These chemicals can cross from mother to child during pregnancy and the prenatal exposures that occur during the nine months of pregnancy are especially dangerous."
Dow intends to present it in 2015 for soybeans and later for cotton.
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