Good news on 2,4-D

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by SodKing, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    from Golfdom online

    2,4-D Verdict: No Risk When Used Appropriately



    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently concluded that the herbicide, 2,4-Dichloro-phenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) does not present risks of concern to human health when users follow 2,4-D product instructions as outlined in EPA's 2,4-D Reregistration Eligibility Decision (RED) document.

    The agency's announcement and release of the RED on 2,4-D completes a 17-year EPA review process. 2,4-D is a phenoxy herbicide discovered 60 years ago and is used worldwide for a variety of applications, including golf courses.

    Over the course of 17 years, the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data developed and submitted to EPA more than 300 Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) toxicology, environmental and residue studies which EPA scientists reviewed to assess the herbicide's safety under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA).

    Task Force members hold technical 2,4-D FIFRA registrations and include Dow AgroSciences, Nufarm Ltd., Agro-Gro and PBI/Gordon.

    "The EPA's assessment of the human and environmental scientific data reinforces a growing number of regulatory decisions and expert reviews that conclude the use of 2,4-D according to product instructions does not present an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment," stated Don Page, assistant executive director of the Industry Task Force II on 2,4-D Research Data.

    In 1947, 2,4-D was registered for use in the United States on crops and turfgrass. The EPA initiated an assessment for a toxicology review of 2,4-D in 1980, and reregistration data development by the 2,4-D Task Force and review by EPA began in 1988.

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  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    This just reinforces what has been known to the folks that are educated in the chemical side of pesticides for many years. Unfortunately, this will probably do little to quiet the "environmentalists" and their fight to ban pesticides containing 2,4D.
     
  3. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
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    So how come the "environmentalists" don't go after the homeowner's use of 24D? Weed&Feed to me is the least "appropriat" use of 24D that I can see. And this over-use is what causes the most problems to our enviorment. I see homeowners use weed&feed three and four times a year to kill 5 or 6 weeds in thier lawn ( do they really follow directions?). Not to mention "bug" control, "fungus" control, etc.. These chems, I believe should only be used by us "licenced" applicators.
    Thanks for the rant :) ....Oly
     
  4. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
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    Doesnt present an unacceptable risk... isnt glorious praise.

    just sayin.
     
  5. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
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    does not present risks of concern to human health when users follow 2,4-D product instructions.
    That's irrisponsible , like saying it's "safe" ,and it's not .
    Maybe safer if you follow the label but not safe
     
  6. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
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    "safe" is a relevent term to be sure, but really, isn't the overuse by the homeowner group a real problem?
     
  7. ArizPestWeed

    ArizPestWeed LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I disagree , it's the use , in general , of any non-naturally occurring substabce that's a problem .
    We , the human race , is the problem .
    It's our arrogence that assumes we are doing no wrong .
    We have and are phucking up the planet .
    I'm helping in a small way , for profits .
     
  8. Killswitch

    Killswitch LawnSite Senior Member
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    Negligable risk.

    Not safe.
     
  9. Olylawnboy

    Olylawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Oly Wa
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    Arizweedhead, I can't even dispute anything you say :)....God help us....Oly
     
  10. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Without pesticides, the USA wouldn't be able to feed ourselves. With pesticides we are able to not only feed our population but that of several other countries as well.

    The fact is that no one ever said these products were safe, no item when used innappropriately is safe. However when used according to the labeled directions these products pose no adverse health effects.

    Peanut butter has a higher Ld50 than 2,4-D by the way.
     

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