“Herbicides Endanger Human Health”
New studies are pointing to serious health problems associated with the widely popular herbicide, atrazine. Atrazine is a common agricultural herbicide that is widely used by farmers to control broadleaf weeds and grasses that interfere with the growth of corn, sorghum, sugar cane and other crops. Atrazine is also used as a weed killer on golf courses, as well as a variety of commercial and residential lawns. It is now the second most used herbicide in the U.S. after glyphosate (Roundup). Atrazine is also the most commonly detected pesticide in American groundwater. An extensive U.S. Geological Survey study found atrazine in approximately 75 percent of stream water and about 40 percent of groundwater samples in the agricultural areas tested. More recent data showed atrazine present in 80 percent of drinking water samples taken from 153 public water systems. Atrazine, which is produced by the Swiss agrochemical company Syngenta, was first registered for use in the United States in 1959.