Tag Archives: justice

Why it is important to read the herbicide label for recommended rate and ‘INACTIVE’ ingredients . . .

29 Feb

How many people read the label before going out and spraying the weeds in their back yards? Home owners are renowned for believing that if some is good, more must be better. Do they use protective gear like long sleeves? “In the summer? Are you kidding? No way!” What about the inactive ingredients? Obviously if they are inactive ingredients they must be less toxic than the active ones, right? WRONG!
A few weeks ago in my Weed Science course at UC Davis (a fabulous class, I recommend it highly), I learned that much suffering could have been averted if only Agent Orange were made more carefully, without as much Dioxin (a very hazardous contaminant that was not needed for defoliation, but was sprayed right along with the defoliants during the Vietnam War).
In a 5 part series, the Chicago Tribune Watchdog column story goes into some depth and interviews victims of this manufacturing oversight.

Check it out. Why is this not taught in history class? We have enough chemistry to understand this in high school. Please give us your 2 cents on this one!!

New Leaf: This Blog Has Changed

29 Feb

From now on, this blog will be devoted to a broader set of topics, including how we use chemistry and land use planning to solve society’s problems, how we decide what is a problem, what is an acceptable risk, and what is a solution to our problem. Historical lessons and predictions for the future are given emphasis, and I hope this will be a forum where environmental and social justice concerns can be raised.