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Pesticide Drift: Crop Damage

by Sehvilla Mann

August 1, 2013

Chemicals meant to control bugs and weeds can become agents of general destruction if the wind carries them beyond their intended targets.  That’s why the law requires those applying pesticides to ensure they don’t drift.  But every year, people across Indiana face problems from pest-control products blowing onto their property — ranging from damaged crops to illness.  In the first of a three-part series, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Sehvilla Mann reports on how drifting pesticides can damage a farmer’s livelihood.

The second part of the series features produce growers who are worried that new genetically-modified crops could mean more pesticide drift damage to their crops.