Employee Bonus: Teens Working for Monsanto Sprayed by Crop Duster

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Editor’s Note: This incident with Monsanto pesticides underscores the danger posed by modern agricultural chemicals. And like examples where fluoride spills caused water treatment shutdown incidents complete with biohazard suits, it begs the questions: if it is recognized as toxic and potentially life threatening, why it is being laced in our foods as treated with G.R.A.S. (Generally Recognized as Safe) status? Something does not compute…

As long as agriculture practices these highly toxic methods, though, we will continue to see such accidents.

Daisy Luther
The Organic Prepper
July 27, 2013

Remember when farm work was a wholesome summer job for kids looking for a little extra pocket money?

Back in the day, teens could work outside, learn about farming, and do some healthy physical labor without major health risks. Working on a farm built physical strength, skills, and character.

Now, with the advent of toxic agricultural practices, farm work can be deadly because of exposure to glyphosate and other deadly chemicals.

Nearly 80 teenagers working for Team Corn, a Princeton, Ill.-based company that contracts for Monsanto were sent to the hospital yesterday after a crop-duster sprayed the field they were working in with fungicide.

The teenagers were detasseling corn when the chemical drifted over them from a plane that was crop-dusting an adjacent field, said Tom Helscher, a spokesman for Monsanto, the St. Louis-based company using the field to produce seed corn. Pesotum is about 15 miles south of Urbana….

…Detasselers – commonly teenagers looking for summer jobs – pull the pollinating tassels off the top of corn plants that will produce seed for future planting…

…The 79 teens were decontaminated by firefighters at the field just outside Pesotum and then taken to the Carle Foundation Hospital’s emergency room in Urbana to be treated for what appeared to be minor ailments, hospital officials said. (source)

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Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor. Her website, The Organic Prepper, offers information on healthy prepping, including premium nutritional choices, general wellness and non-tech solutions. You can follow Daisy on Facebook and Twitter, and you can email her at daisy@theorganicprepper.ca – See more at: http://www.theorganicprepper.ca/employee-bonus-teens-working-for-monsanto-sprayed-by-crop-duster-07272013#sthash.VsPLXZhb.dpuf

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