One of the Agent Orange Association of Canada's mandates is to provide information and education to the general public about the use of pesticides and herbicides. It is part of our mission statement which we have all sworn to uphold.
What is 2,4-D?
2,4-D is a moderately persistent chemical with a half- life between 20 and 200 days.Unfortunately, the herbicide does not affect target weeds alone. It can cause low growth rates, reproductive problems, changes in appearance or behaviour, or death in non-target species.
2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid is one of the most common and most toxic herbicides used on US and Canadianlawns and gardens. 2,4-D has a notorious past. It was one of the two chemicals in the defoliants Agent Orange and Agent Purple. It was also one of the two chemicals in Agent White.
Despite industry efforts claiming the safety of this chemical, there is a large body of evidence indicating major health effects from cancer to immunosuppression, reproductive damage to neurotoxicity. The teratogenic, neurotoxic, immunosuppressive, cytotoxic and hepatoxic effects of 2,4-D have
been well documented.
The report by the Ontario College of Physicians linked 2,4-D exposure during pregnancy and childhood to a two-fold increase in the incidence of leukemia
and in their study they also found links to sterility, respiratory problems, atrophy and non-hodgkins lymphoma.
Sweden, Norway and Denmark have de-registered the use of 2,4-D. The Province of Quebec enacted legislation banning the sale