I'm Michael Hobby, I been living in Loxton South Australia for 4 years now, and I have buy organic vegetables from the Wild 'n' Fresh in my town, But now Wild 'n' Fresh know longer in business because the organic crops have now been contaminated In side the greenhouses. And now some farmers is using 2,4-D and it's happening right now in my farm town, I am not happy about this, now I have to order organic vegetables online now.
Here Is My Story:
2,4-D was invented in the chemical boom during World War 1 and 2, making it one of the oldest pesticides that's still legally on the market today. It was one of the two active ingredients in Agent Orange, the notorious Vietnam War defoliant. Despite decades of scientific studies showing links to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans (and Canine Malignant Lymphoma in household dogs), this chemical survives and thrives as one of the top three pesticides sold in the United States today. Newer science shows that it's not just a cancer problem, but that this pesticide interferes with several essential hormones, thereby increasing the risks of birth defects and neurologic damage in children. Studies in Midwest wheat-growing areas (where 2,4-D is heavily used) have shown increased rates of certain birth defects, especially in male children, and lower sperm counts in adults.
Many people don't realize that many 'weed and feed' products contain a toxic pesticide. People also don't realize that after they apply the product to their lawn, the chemical residues are tracked indoors on shoes or pet paws, and contaminate the carpets. Because 2,4-D is broken down by direct sunlight, once the residues get into the house the pesticide lingers for months or even years. Kids who play on the floor are at particular risk, since they accidentally ingest the chemical when they put their hands in their mouths.
2,4-D is used on athletic fields, golf courses, landscaping, timber land, rights-of-way, and various crops. The airborne chemical can even travel significant distances, damaging plants downwind, and contaminating homes. This problem is poised to get worse -- Dow agro sciences has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve genetically modified corn that would allow farmers to spray the entire crop with large amounts of 2,4-D (without harming the corn); some experts estimate that this will increase 2,4-D use by 50 fold, and farmers of other crops are very worried that this overuse will harm their crops and their families.
Studies have also shown that 2,4-D enters maternal milk and even semen. Dozens of peer-reviewed studies show that 2,4-D exhibits hormone-disrupting activity, including estrogenic, androgenic, and anti-thyroid effects. The studies show that 2,4-D affects progesterone, which plays a role in the female menstrual cycle, and prolactin, which plays a role in lactation. 2,4-D also affects the function of the neurotransmitters and hormones dopamine and serotonin. Interference with these hormones can cause serious and lasting effects during fetal and infant development, including birth defects, neurological damage in offspring, and changes in reproductive function such as suppression of sperm production.
2,4-D has been found as a contaminant in our lakes and streams, and has also been detected in groundwater, according to the United States Geological Survey. More concerning for people however, is that 2,4-D has been widely detected in drinking water.
For all of these reasons, NRDC petitioned the EPA in 2008 to cancel registrations for 2,4-D. Nearly four years have passed, and the EPA still hasn't responded, so today NRDC is filing a lawsuit against the Agency for its unreasonable delay on this important issue. We will also be turning to our supporters in the coming weeks for ongoing help in this fight.
1. Label check: Avoid buying lawn-care products that contain 2,4-D, including "weed and feed" combinations.
2. Shoes off at the door, please: Have a no-shoes policy in your home to prevent toxic chemicals such as 2,4-D tracked onto your carpets; place a rough doormat outside and encourage everyone to use it before entering your home.
3. Dust-bust weekly: Vacuum carpets weekly with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter; it filters out small particles from air filter.
4. Play safe: Check with your child's school and the local parks to make sure they don't use 2,4-D products on athletic fields, playgrounds, or lakes where people may swim. If they do, encourage them to switch to safer alternatives, or to stop using weed killers altogether.
5. Take Action, Get everyone to sign the partition and organize the date to protest (Public Demonstration of Disapproval) Don't be scared to protest, Do like the Europeans did.