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Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

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Pesticide 2,4-D dangerous, doctors say

Feb. 25, 2005

For Immediate Release

Toronto—The garden pesticide 2,4-D is dangerous to human health

despite a recent regulatory announcement, says the Canadian Association

of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE).

The physicians’ group — representing hundreds of medical doctors

across Canada — says a landmark report from the Ontario College of

Family Physicians shows clear associations between pesticides such as

2,4-D and serious illnesses such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“The Ontario College of Family Physicians undertook the most

extensive pesticide literature review in Canadian history,” said Gideon

Forman, CAPE’s executive director. “The College looked at 27 studies on

non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Twenty-three of the studies showed

associations between this cancer and pesticide exposure.”

The College’s review also found links between pesticide use and

leukemia, birth defects, and fetal death.

“Approval by the Pesticide Management Regulatory Agency is not

proof of 2,4-D’s safety,” said Dr. Kapil Khatter, CAPE’s president.

“Leaded gasoline was once government-approved as well. No reasonable

person would call leaded gasoline safe. Or take cigarettes. They’re

certainly approved for sale but used as directed they cause lung cancer.”

Health concerns are moving increasing numbers of Canadians to call

for pesticide prohibitions. Recent polling in a number of cities has shown

strong support for a complete phase-out of non-essential pesticide use. In

the City of Ottawa, for example, a survey of 525 residents conducted by

Oracle Poll showed 83% support a pesticide phase-out in public parks.

The margin of error is 4.3%, 19/20 times.

For More Information:

Gideon Forman, Executive Director

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

(416) 306-2273 (day); (416) 531-2111 (eve)