WHO labels 2,4-D herbicide as ‘possibly’ causing cancer

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
By Paul Martin

RT.com
June 23, 2015

The WHO cancer research unit has deemed 2,4-D, the active ingredient of Dow’s herbicide – once used in infamous Agent Orange – as ‘possibly’ causing cancer. The chemical ranked one behind the ‘probably carcinogenic’ glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup.

Upon careful review of scientific data regarding 2,4-D, a chemical used for a Dow AgroSciences product, WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) unit has determined that the weed killer be classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

The verdict, produced by a team of 24 scientists, including he Dow scientific lobby, came after a week-long scientific findings review that took place on June 2-9, which met in Lyon, France.

IARC said that the “possibly carcinogenic” classification was assigned because of “inadequate evidence in humans and limited evidence in experimental animals” of links between 2,4-D and cancer.

Studies over the years pointed to evidence showing cancer connections with 2,4-D, especially in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). However IARC said, “epidemiological studies did not find strong or consistent increases in risk of NHL or other cancers in relation to 2,4-D exposure.”

WHO said that epidemiological studies provided “strong evidence that 2,4-D induces oxidative stress … and moderate evidence that 2,4-D causes immunosuppression.”

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