Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Would You Like a Side of Atrazine With That?

Wonderful! An article in The Washington Post this morning reports that the dangers of a common herbicide may be greater than previously thought. Another hip-hip-hooray for conventional agriculture and the petrochemical industry that keeps it going! This quote I found particularly disturbing: "Atrazine has been found to cause limb deformities and hermaphroditism in frogs at concentrations as low as 0.1 parts per billion." Whereas the "safe" level for human drinking water is "an annual average" of 3 parts per billion. Ohhhhhhkay.

Why do I not get a warm fuzzy feeling reading the reassurances issued by the manufacturer that even temporary spikes higher than the level limit "are not going to be injurious to human health"???

Entrusting the health and safety of our food supply to people who have a financial interest in selling more and more chemicals is just plain foolish. Period. I'm reading a fascinating book by Joel Salatin that describes the in-the-trenches how-to of getting away from the broken model of conventional agriculture, but I'm still wondering how we, as a planet, can recover from so many decades of unbridled arrogance?

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