Originally Posted by BlackBob
Here it is dude.... This is a good read from a few years back.. It freaked me out a little...
Man 1980 was a hell of a long time ago. Regulation was nothing back then. Now, like usual, the pendulum has swung to the other side.
In fact most all the ag chemicals are incredibly safe. You hear a lot about Nitrogen leach. It is a big deal, because the cornbelt puts on a shitassload and it does move. But it is so goddamn cost prohibitive now, everybody is is working to keep it from leaching. Almost all herbicides are super safe, plus you put an incredibly small amount of herbicide spread over a football field (roughly). ALS inhibitors, you apply one TENTH of a dry ounce per acre. Glyphosate, you put a pound on.
Insecticides are a bigger deal. It makes sense, the DNA of animals and humans is much closer to insects than plants. But again, regulations are off the ****ing charts for this stuff, and they are not applied nearly as heavily due to other technologies like BT corn and Veptera type products.
The reality is that the agricultural world is not even in the same ballpark it was in 1980.