Agent Orange ingredient 2,4-D could soon be sprayed on thousands of fields near U.S. schools

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7/8/2014
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Dow AgroSciences, a subsidiary of Dow Chemical, is seeking permission to spray a toxic Agent Orange ingredient across agricultural fields within blocks of thousands of U.S. schools, a report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has warned.

“[H]undreds of thousands of children across the country will be at risk of increased exposure to the harmful chemical compound 2,4-D if the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] approves a new weed killer mixture called ‘Enlist DuoTM,'” the report says.

Thousands of schools to be affected

Dow currently has two applications pending with the EPA: for a new herbicide called Enlist Duo, and for corn and soy genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to that herbicide.

Enlist Duo is composed of the popular herbicide glyphosate (originally marketed by Monsanto under the trade name “Roundup”) and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, known as 2,4-D. It is designed to kill even weeds that have…

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