31 May '18, 2pm

Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or Their Families Sick

Levi Lyle (right) transitioned his family's farm to organic after his father Trent (right) overcame cancer. Bill Tiedje Farmers Switched to Organic After Pesticides Made Them or Their Families Sick Some farmers transition to organic production to earn premium prices paid for organic crops. Others switch to make their farms more sustainable. But for some farmers transitioning to organic is a necessity to save their health—and even their lives. Blaine Schmaltz, who farms in Rugby, North Dakota, is a good example. One day in September 1993, Schmaltz was spraying an herbicide on his field. He stopped to check the level in the sprayer tank. Looking inside, he started to feel lame and then passed out. He was later hospitalized for several months with asthma, muscle aches and pains, and insomnia. A doctor diagnosed him as having "occupational asthma." "The doctor told me to leave...

Full article: https://www.ecowatch.com/farmers-switch-to-organic-257392...

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