Agribusiness nervous as W.H.O. cancer unit analyzes popular pesticide

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The World Health Organization plan to analyze scientific findings linking cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4-D at a June 2-9 meeting in Lyon, France, according to an article from Reuters.
In April, the Brazilian Biosafety Commission approved two GMO crops engineered for 2,4-D resistance (2,4-D was the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Agent Orange) while also approving the commercialization of genetically engineered eucalyptus trees.

“Critics for years have said 2,4-D has very clear ties to several types of cancer and note that it was a key ingredient in Agent Orange, which was used to defoliate jungles in the Vietnam War. But agribusiness interests, U.S. regulators and others say evidence of cancer connections is lacking.”

Read the entire Reuters article here.

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