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Across Midwest Farm Fields, Pesticide Exposure Is Tracked Unevenly Or Not At All

In 2017, about 459 million acres of U.S. agricultural land were treated with some kind of pesticide. The vast majority — upward of 95 percent — of corn and soybeans are treated with an herbicide, which kills weeds. Other pesticides that kill insects or fungi are used less widely in major field crops.  Every state has a designated “lead pesticide agency,” which is responsible for enforcing federal and state regulations. Some of those keep track of “misuse incidents,” such as unlawful applications or products drifting beyond their intended targets. But the agencies don’t necessarily distinguish accidents involving human exposure from those that affect crops, trees and other plants. Read more...



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