The World Health Organization is set to examine a widely used pesticide and agribusiness is bracing for bad news, less than three months after the group classified another popular herbicide as “probably” cancer-causing.
Twenty-four scientists representing WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) are set to analyze scientific findings regarding links between cancer in humans and the herbicide known as 2,4-D at a June 2 to 9 meeting in Lyon, France.
A separate group of IARC scientists in March unanimously decided to classify glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto Co’s Roundup weedkiller, as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The designation prompted outrage and calls for a retraction from Monsanto, and demands by some public officials and consumers for bans on the pesticide.
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