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What kind of adverse health effects could stem from Enlist Duo? Are there risks for people who even steer clear of GMOs?

By October 16, 2014 - 7:18pm
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Hi Carrie Margaret

Thanks for your question! 

Enlist Duo is a combination of two other herbicides (weed killer) that has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

According to the EPA, "When used according to label directions, Enlist Duo is safe for everyone, including infants, the developing fetus, the elderly and more highly exposed groups such as agricultural workers.

Use of Enlist Duo is safe for the environment, including endangered species. The Agency assessed risks from the 2,4-D choline salt to endangered species and found that there would be no effect on listed species from this active ingredient in the approved use area when the product is used according to label directions. 

Glyphosate is already registered for these uses and did not undergo further review as part of the assessment for this product.

EPA's decision to register Enlist Duo meets the rigorous Food Quality Protection Act standard of "reasonable certainty of no harm" to human health."

It's up to the individual to decide if they believe these statements but I think it's safe to say that organic will always be a safer bet in terms of possible side effects. 

As you may have heard, there is quite an uproar about this approval, with opponents saying the EPA hasn't done enough research and have bowed to pressures from the agricultural sector and makers of this weedkiller. Many members of Congress, lead by Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Rep. Chellie Pingree are heading up these protestations. You can read all about that here: 


There should be no real risks for those who avoid foods that are non-organic.

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