HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – The government is debating the safety of a common weed killer.
The 2,4-D herbicide can be found at many home improvement stores and garden centers and is used on lawns. It’s been around since the 1940’s, but now, corn and soybean farmers are looking to use it on their land.
They’ve been using a different type of herbicide to kill weeds, but they say the weeds have become resistant. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to make a ruling this fall on the herbicide.
At they same time, they’ll also make a decision on whether to allow new genetically modified seeds designed to grow crops that will resist the weed killer.
The owner of the Hadley Garden Center told 22News what he’s noticed about the 2, 4-D weed killer, “2,4-D has been around for a long long time and I’m sure it’s still working but it just hasn’t gotten a lot of good press lately. It’s just not something that’s great or idea for the environment. A lot of the manufactures seem to be moving away from the 2-4D. We see more products that are non-2-4D Products on the market, said Tom Giles.
If both the new 2,4-D, and the genetically modified seeds are approved, the government says the use of this 2,4-D weed killer could increase by as much as 600% by the year 2020.