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The Environmental Protection Agency has refused a petition that aimed to ban the sale of a powerful pesticide linked with cancer — and while already available, a surge in sales is expected as scientists ready a new crop resistant to the chemical. Not only has the EPA rejected a petition that sought to prohibit the domestic sale of the dangerous 2,4-D pesticide — a key ingredient in Agent Orange — but the main manufacturer of the chemical predicts that sales will skyrocket in the coming months. The reason, it would seem, is that Dow Chemicals is awaiting federal approval of a genetically engineered crop they’ve created that will be resistant to 2,4-D
A 50:50 mixture of 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D, it was manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense primarily by Monsanto Corporation and Dow Chemical. The 2,4,5-T used to produce Agent Orange was later discovered to be contaminated with 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzodioxin, an extremely toxic dioxin compound
Originally posted by Maluhia
reply to post by Chadwickus
providing it is used appropriately.
Therein lies the problem
Originally posted by eywadevotee
The problem with the agent orange wasn't the 2-7-D or somewhat more toxic 2-4-5-T it is that dioxin was alaso produced as a side reaction that made 2-4-5-T. The dioxin is almost impossible to seperate enough from the herbacides to make them safe.edit on 14-7-2012 by eywadevotee because: (no reason given)