When the World Health Organization recently declared that
the herbicide ingredient glyphosate was ‘probably carcinogenic,’
numerous countries responded with bans, serious inquiries, and boycotts
of Monsanto’s Roundup. Now, the WHO is now set to review another
Big Ag chemical, 2,4-D, just three months after Monsanto was delivered
news it couldn’t swallow. You can bet Big Ag is nervous.
It isn’t as if this ‘bad’ news is ‘big news’ to most of us in the
GMO-awareness movement. We’ve been sounding the warning sirens about
these products for decades. What matters is that a WHO declaration that a
product is cancerous finally gives government agencies and local
municipalities the extra ‘oomph’ they need to take decisive action
against agribusiness companies who are poisoning us and the planet.
The herbicide 2,4-D is set to be examined by twenty-four scientists
representing the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer
The review will occur at a meeting scheduled for June 2nd– 9th in Lyon, France.
A totally separate group of IARC scientists were the ones who
delivered a death blow to Monsanto, but a joyful recognition to all
those who have been negatively affected by Big Ag chemicals. It meant
that things were finally changing.
Many believe the new scientific panel could deliver a similar fate to
makers of 2,4-D, the main ingredient used in Vietnam, known around the
world as Agent Orange.
Michael Hansen, a senior scientist at Consumers Union believes they will upgrade 2,4-D’s status as a dangerous chemical, which would then prompt a similar reaction to Monsanto’s Glyphosate – bans, consumer boycotts, and more.
With the obvious reference in our history of the Vietnam War, the
case for 2,4-D is even more open and shut than with glyphosate. Dow
representatives say there is no cancer link, but IARC scientists Maria
Leon, and others, say that there are multiple cancer connections
triggered by 2,4-D exposure.
Should the WHO’s declaration concerning 2,4-D be similar to that given
for glyphosate, that means first Monsanto, and then Dow Chemical would
be knocked down to size within months. Big Ag, the world is asking for
you to pay your karmic debt. It starts now.