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Thousands of Schools Would be Close to Toxic Spray Zones

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

There are 5,609 American schools within 200 feet of farm fields that may soon be blanketed with massive amounts of a toxic defoliant linked to Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and reproductive and immune system problems.

EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin and Soren Rundquist report:

“…Hundreds of thousands of children across the country will be at risk of increased exposure to the harmful chemical compound 2,4-D if the Environmental Protection Agency approves a new weed killer mixture called “Enlist DuoTM” created by Dow AgroSciences (a wholly owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical Co.)…

…When it comes to dousing crops with noxious chemicals, EPA focused on buffer zones for plants, not people – according to the agency’s recent risk analysis of Enlist Duo, which is a combination of 2,4-D and glyphosate…”

Read the entire report on AgMag.

Table Scraps:

The Statesman Journal reports on Oregon’s GMO labeling initiative.

The New York Times writes on the School Nutrition Association’s aggressive lobbying against healthy school meals.

EWG’s Emily Cassidy discusses the benefits of switching from beef to chicken.

Tweet of the Day:

@USDA USDA #conservation funding helps provide protection for Great Lakes http://ow.ly/yI3NY 

Herd on the Hill:

DC startup, Frobot, serves frozen yogurt from a vending machine.

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