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Pesticide Drift: Genetically Modified Problems

by Sehvilla Mann

August 1, 2013

Many fruit and vegetable plants don’t play well with popular pesticides. That’s why chemicals drifting from a neighbor’s field pose a special threat to crops like melons and tomatoes. Growers say they’ve made headway in the last few years with voluntary efforts aimed at preventing such damage.   In the second of a three-part series, Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Sehvilla Mann reports that produce industry leaders say they’re worried the approval of new genetically modified crops could undo that progress.

Tomorrow, Sehvilla Mann speaks with someone who became ill after he was sprayed with pesticide and explains why violators are rarely punished.