June 18, 2010

Podcast: For more than 50 years, atrazine has proved its effectiveness, safety

In this podcast, Lynn Chrisp, a member of the Nebraska Corn Growers Association and a farmer from Kenesaw, explains, briefly, the safety measures in place for atrazine -- and notes that it has been used safely and effectively for more than 50 years.

Still, the Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new round of reviews -- even though it just recently finished the review and re-registration process.

Chrisp noted that thousands of test results in water systems where atrazine is used don't indicate any problems with atrazine. "It's pretty clear that atrazine is just not that pervasive and is certainly more within the safety limits," he said. "Let's hope EPA sticks to science so we can continue to use products that contain atrazine, products that help farmers reduce tillage and soil erosion."

He noted that many products contain a small amount of atrazine to improve their effectiveness -- products like Bicep II, Cinch, Lumax, Harness and Guardsman.

For more about atrazine's safety, click here.

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