Agricultural retail group says IARC pesticide findings needlessly alarm public

From: Crop Protection News

by Barry Cohen

The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) said that the recent labeling of a popular herbicide as a possible carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) causes confusion and should not be the basis for banning useful crop-protection tools.

In its second report this year, the IARC labeled a safe and effective pesticide, dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D), as a “possible carcinogen,” giving it the same designation it assigned to glyphosate in March.

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