Group tracks airborne fungicide

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 17, 2012 - 5:32 AM

Toxic chemical is found to have drifted far from where it's applied.

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earneditMay. 17, 12 8:01 AM

Yet another case where one has to prove a chemical is dangerous, instead of having to prove the chemical is safe. And this would be one of thousands of man made chemicals in use throughout the world.

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marlysvMay. 17, 12 8:27 AM

This has been an awful experience. It is really hard watching my mom in church just sitting during the singing of hymns, knowing how much she liked to sing and not able to participate. She also is not able to sing to the younger grandchildren like she did for the older ones! The fertility issues in the Perham area is quite interesting also!

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mnsharMay. 17, 1211:19 AM

Does it take a rocket scientist to figure out where the increase in cancer cases is coming from? The whole state of Minnesota is saturated with chemicals used on farm crops. Maybe a return to organic farming is the answer?

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bradd_bdogMay. 17, 1211:25 AM

Chemicals related to agriculture are dangerous, and require special handling. However there are a lot of "maybe's" and "could be's" in this story. At this point, there's no way to prove a link to any of the negative stuff that's going on in the area. It sounds like they're gathering data, but I'm wondering if the right groups are doing the investigating?

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gleninthedenMay. 17, 1212:03 PM

I wish people would also stop spraying chemicals on their lawns and gardens -- I can smell those chemicals too when I walk or run by on the sidewalk near the lawns where the chemicals were applied. Just as there are laws that protect the public from second hand smoke, we need laws that protect people, animals and the ecosystem from second hand exposure to herbicides, fungicides and pesticides.

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mishmouseMay. 17, 12 2:40 PM

What the article doesn't get into is the farmers not only spray to stop blight. They spray to kill the weeds, they stray to kill the bugs and they spray to kill the plants when it comes time for harvesting. I live in an area where you see those planes spraying those fields. Guess what happens when they have chemicals left over in their tanks after a job is done? Then they dump their load over the swamps. If they really wanted to see the affect of those chemicals they should check the records for the clinics where people are getting treated for resp. disorders and other related illnesses. I see these quacks on a regular basis for breathing and sinus related issues.

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motomanMay. 17, 12 3:46 PM

Stop spraying our skies with chemtrails! The planes in the sky are spraying chemicals on a frequent basis, and it needs to stop.

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csigirl2May. 18, 12 4:06 PM

@bradd_bdog - And who would be the "right groups" to do the testing? Maybe, like so many other chemical and ag related monitoring we should just let Syngenta do their own testing. I'm sure everything will come out safe then and we can all sleep sound at night.

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marlysvMay. 18, 12 8:17 PM

my parents suffered for many years, lost their sheep before finding this group that would do an unbiased testing for them. If they had tested locally, the results would have been biased since many organizations are supported by the company that grows the potatoes.

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wordmixMay. 20, 12 8:34 AM

As for proof, there is sound scientific data that shows that chlorothalonil is very irritating to the respiratory system. Studies showed that it is toxic at every level when inhaled. It does cause kidney cancer when ingested. And these are studies done by Syngenta. Further studies show that it is harmful to frogs. Most fungicides are endocrine disruptors and this seems to be the case for this one, too, due to the effects on animals. It is common knowledge among horse owners around Park Rapids that if your mare is hit at a certain time during her pregnancy that she will have a still born foal. It's happened often enough.

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