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Don’t drink the weed killer: Atrazine taints rural groundwater via @grist

Don’t drink the weed killer: Atrazine taints rural groundwater via @grist

Photo: T.P. Martins If you want to understand all that is wrong with our government's environmental safety priorities, you need only look at the sad story of the weed killer atrazine. Despite the fact that study after study has demonstrated its dangers, it remains one of the most commonly used herbicides in the U.S. -- to the tune of 76 million pounds a year. Atrazine is highly volatile -- which means not only can it leach into groundwater through the fields, but it can become airborne and drift into waterways. Much of the Midwest's water supply contains detectable levels of the stuff. I know a Midwesterner who will proudly declare -- tongue firmly in cheek -- "we Iowans drink atrazine for breakfast!" Laughing aside, Atrazine is an endocrine disruptor that also appears to cause cancer. The European Union, concerned about its toxicity, banned the chemical in 2004. But here ...

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