Well written blog about the need for herbicides (chemical sprays that kill weeds in our fields) and why we as farmers need to utilizes these products. This was written by a new friend from the American Farm Bureau Women’s Communications Boot Camp.
A new buzzword aimed at skewing long-established farming practice has popped up, this time causing people to question the safety of the corn now growing in fields across America.
CBS’s morning news show aired a segment this morning on “Agent Orange Corn,” a new herbicide produced by Dow Chemical intended to kill the “super weeds” that have taken over corn fields across the country. Other media sources have also covered the issue.
The controversy was started and has been stoked by Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange, which contains 2, 4-D, while serving in the country in the mid 1960s. The herbicide was used to kills grasses and leaves that covered much of the Vietnam countryside, exposing people and places on the ground.
Many Vietnam veterans have attempted to link their exposure to Agent Orange to cancer, birth defects and skin rashes. A definite link has never…
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