Herbicide damage

  • Herbicide damage

    Posted by Annie1977 on July 10, 2023 at 11:50 pm

    Shortly after planting my tomato starts outside in containers along my chain link fence the neighbor sprayed 2 4 D in the fence line. My tomato plants apparently got some drift or maybe it was just the fumes but they definitely have herbicide damage. There were no tomatoes or flowers on them at the time. They’ve since developed a few flowers and are actually putting some tomatoes on. I’d like opinions as to whether ya’ll would go ahead and eat the tomatoes if/when they ripen?

    EvW replied 7 months, 3 weeks ago 5 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Mercy-House-Figs

    Member
    July 11, 2023 at 12:05 am

    <div>Found this on internet; I would not eat the tomatoes, and would probably throw the plants in the trash, and not on the compost pile… my opinion only. Thank you very much</div>

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers 2,4-D to be not classifiable as to human carcinogenicity (causing cancer in people) because they do not have enough human and animal data. The International Agency for Research on Cancer considers 2,4-D to be possibly carcinogenic to humans.

  • Mercy-House-Figs

    Member
    July 11, 2023 at 12:07 am

    It also said can make pets sick while wet. Thank you

  • CCC

    Member
    July 11, 2023 at 12:56 am

    If you value your health you will destroy anything that is in the vicinity. Neurological damage is just one of the many parts of the body that is affected. Look up half life. Too many unknowns. It’s poison at the very least.

  • SteveScuba

    Member
    July 11, 2023 at 12:56 am

    I wouldn’t worry too much about it. 2 4 D is regularly used on food crops, one indirect spray will not induce any significant level of toxicity. It is safely used on corn, soybeans, hazelnuts, wheat, sugar cane, barley, etc.

    I work on a commercial farm, but I hate chemicals too. Most of even the more toxic chemicals are supposedly safe as long as they aren’t sprayed directly on the fruit, or a period of time has elapsed, usually a day or two to two weeks since being sprayed.

    I would NOT put it in compost, as was mentioned, as it targets broad leafed plants, and could possibly cause some issues with certain types of plants.

  • Annie1977

    Member
    July 11, 2023 at 1:19 am

    Thank you for all the opinions and info, much appreciated!!

  • Mercy-House-Figs

    Member
    July 11, 2023 at 5:11 am

    👍 welcome

  • EvW

    Member
    July 12, 2023 at 5:02 pm

    Do not eat. Put in toxic trash.😒

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