Lead can sometimes enter drinking water in water systems with pipes that contain lead. Usually the insides of those pipes are coated with a protective layer, but corrosive water (such as in the tragic case of Flint, Michigan) can expose…

Black Hawk County, Iowa, April 25, 2017. Water runs off of tiled farm fields, carrying nitrates and other fertilizers into a stream. The excess fertilizers feed algae blooms in the stream. The stream empties into Black Hawk Creek, which goes…

The influence of glyphosate on the microbiota and production of botulinum neurotoxin during ruminal fermentation Glyphosate triggered a shift in ruminal fluid microbiota populations production to favor botulinum neurotoxin, commonly considered one of the most poisonous proteins to ever be…

Pesticide Spray Drift

April 20, 2017 0

The Issue: Pesticide Drift Pesticides are designed to be applied to crops to kill pests or (in the case of herbicides) weeds. When the pesticide is applied to the wrong area, or drifts due to wind conditions, pesticide drift can…

Spray drift accidents in the news In Iowa, there were 413 reported pesticide misuse complaints, including pesticide drift spray drift, from 2010 to 2015. Most spray drift accidents don’t make the news. Here are the few incidents in recent years…

Glyphosate Glyphosate was discovered by a Swiss pharmaceutical chemist in 1950. Monsanto researchers later determined that glyphosate had herbicidal effects, and it was patented under the commercial name Roundup. It was first approved in the U.S. in 1974. Monsanto’s patent…