The Buzz: A coalition of communities in six Midwestern states filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to force the manufacturer of a widely-used herbicide to pay for its removal from drinking water.
The Problem: Atrazine, a weed-killer sprayed primarily on cornfields, can run off into rivers and streams that supply municipal water systems. As the Huffington Post Investigative Fund reported in a series of articles last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to notify the public that atrazine had been found at levels above the federal safety limit in drinking water in at least four states.
Yes, we need corn. We also need clean water when we're thirsty. Or maybe planning to make soup.
The problem is that our economy will not support the removal of weeds from the corn using the technology of my generation, that being young boys with hoes.
Of course, the worst thing that happens when boys with hoes remove the weeds is the occasional cut toe. Boys and hoes don't generally poisen entire communities.
I'm not convinced that what we call progress really does constitute progress.
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