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Are you eating an Agent Orange derivative when consuming non-organic meat and grains?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

What natural way do you use to eliminate weeds?

"The Natural Resources Defense Council filed suit Thursday against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over 2,4-D, a widely used ingredient in broad leaf weed killers.

The NRDC went to court with the agency over its alleged failure to respond to a petition calling for the EPA to stop licensing the use of 2,4-D, which was one of two ingredients in the toxic Vietnam war herbicide Agent Orange. ...

Some 46 million pounds of 2,4-D are used in the United States every year, with about 11.5 million pounds used in lawn care as part of more than two dozen brands of weed killers or ???weed and feed??? products, EPA figures show.

Exposure to 2,4-D can cause damage to the nervous system, liver and kidneys, according to the EPA???s website. EPA classifies 2,4-D as a hazardous air pollutant.

Children are particularly susceptible to 2,4-D exposure if they breathe indoor air or dust, following a lawn application. The chemical can be tracked into the home on the shoes of the person applying the herbicide.

Recreational swimmers also can be exposed where the herbicide has been used to control aquatic weeds.

In addition to lawns, 2,4-D is also used in pastures and rangeland, and on farms growing wheat, corn, soybeans, sugarcane and other crops."

http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/23/group-sues-epa-over-popular-weed-killer/

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on April 10, 2012
at 06:52 PM

but wasn't it once polar even if it isn't anymore?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Non-polar water means it's from the tropics, right?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:09 PM

Thank goodness I've found some non-polar water to drink!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on April 10, 2012
at 05:08 PM

I don't know. Am I?

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9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

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on April 10, 2012
at 01:38 PM

This probably isn't nearly as bad as the massive amounts of diesel truck and car exhaust you've no doubt ingested in your years of commuting and jogging or bicycling next to roads. What about the Chlorine in swimming pools and shower water?

My point is at some point you have to live your life and pick your battles. Put it to a vote and Ill vote against it, but Ive got to eat and breath something. Right?

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 10, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Fear of chemistry strikes again... As a chemist, it's bothersome that chemistry has been so demonized. Certainly, I wouldn't want to bathe or ingest excessive amounts of 2,4-D either.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 10, 2012
at 05:09 PM

Thank goodness I've found some non-polar water to drink!

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on April 10, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Non-polar water means it's from the tropics, right?

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on April 10, 2012
at 06:52 PM

but wasn't it once polar even if it isn't anymore?

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on April 10, 2012
at 01:39 PM

I think you mostly answered your own question there. :-)

The answer is clearly "no", but one of the main ingredients 2,4-D in Agent Orange is used in the US, and is quite dangerous.

Another reason to eat and live cleanly ....

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on April 10, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I'm not pro-herbicides per se, but you do realise that the main toxicity issue with Agent Orange was the fact that it was contaminated with highly toxic dioxin compounds. That actual AO itself was far less harmful than its reputation might suggest.

So the fact that a herbicide that was deliberately part of AO's composition is now being used in the US is fairly unsurprising and, other issues with herbicides notwithstanding, probably comparatively harmless (when put against all the other crap in the environment).

Please don't perpetuate the unscientific (and unnecessary) fear-hype that people seem so prone to nowadays.

C

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