The Headline reads Thousands Of Schools Would be Close To Toxic Spray Zones ewg.org/agmag/2014/06/thousands-schools-would-be-close-toxic-spray-zones

Federal Support For Potent New Weedkiller Raises Fears About Children's Health

report warns the new weed-killing recipe may soon be sprayed on corn and soy fields within a thousand feet of more than 18,000 U.S. schools. Around 5,600 schools are within 200 feet of fields that could potentially be sprayed, according to the Environmental Working Group's new analysis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that if Enlist Duo is green-lighted, agricultural use of 2,4-D would at least triple by 2020 to between 77.8 and 176.2 million pounds annually. The latter herbicide was first introduced on the market in 1946 and is also commonly used by homeowners to kill weeds in their lawn -- much to the chagrin of environmental health advocates.

What’s not factored into the true cost of corn? Farm subsidies you pay through your personal income taxes, pollution of local drinking water due to contamination by petrochemical herbicides, pollution of waterways and oceans due to nitrogen fertilizer runoff, and loss of vital soil nutrients and top soil through mono crop farming practices are hidden costs.

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