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Cancer on the Cob? WHO Says Chemical Possibly Carcinogenic

A chemical sprayed on genetically modified corn is "possibly" carcinogenic. | Photo: AFP A chemical sprayed on genetically modified corn is "possibly" carcinogenic. | Photo: AFP
A chemical sprayed by farmers on genetically modified corn is drawing fire by environmental and consumer safety groups.

The World Health Organization ruled this week that a chemical in an herbicide used on genetically engineered corn and soy crops is “possibly” cancer-causing for humans.

The ruling on Dow Chemical's weed killer known as 2,4-D comes just less than three months after the WHO declared that the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup week killer, glyphosate, is “probably carcinogenic.”

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“The last thing we need is genetically engineered crops that dramatically increase the spraying of potentially carcinogenic chemicals,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety. “Dow’s GE crops will be sprayed with Enlist Duo, which combines 2,4-D and glyphosate, a probable human carcinogen.”


Environmental and consumer groups are lobbying to restrict the farm chemical's use. The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that Dow's 2,4-D was possibly carcinogenic after testing the chemical on animals, which research and studies showed resulted in cancer, as well as suppressed immune systems and oxidative stress.

Dow is now selling farmers its Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D, to spray on genetically modified corn and soybean products designed to resist the two chemicals.

“There are better ways to control weeds that don’t involve cancer-causing herbicides,” added Kimbrell.

This content was originally published by teleSUR at the following address: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Cancer-on-the-Cob-WHO-Says-Farm-Chemical-Possibly-Carcinogenic-20150626-0003.html

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