Bits and Pieces: Pesticides, Fresh Water, Vegetable Gardening and More | Bedford NY Real Estate

Aerial spraying of the pesticide Endrin against cutworms in south-central Kansas has resulted in illness among some local residents, and the deaths of cattle, horses, dogs, and more than two million fish in area lakes, ponds, and streams. Failure to turn spray machines off at critical times—and “drift” of the compound due to application on windy days—were cited as “probable causes”. One dairy farmer in the region was forced to dump his herd’s milk production for five consecutive days due to contamination, and others are now concerned that pasture and forage may be tainted by the man-made poison,

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