My whole impetus to start Sleuth4Health came after I strolled aside an enormous corn field along I-80 in Iowa a few summers ago. It was being crop-dusted at the time. On a road trip from Oregon to Indiana with my husband and daughter, we had pulled into a rest stop and just wanted to go for a pleasant little walk. It was the most eye-opening walk I’ve ever taken. At first, I was enthralled as I watched the low flying airplane dumping liquid onto the massive field. Memories of handsome Steve the crop-duster from Petticoat Junction flooded my brain until… my breathing got shallow and I was overwhelmed by a strong chemical odor. My eyes, throat and lungs all became irritated and frankly, I couldn’t wait to get out of there. See Sleuth4Health: Why do I care so much? for the full narrative of that experience.
Ok – here’s the kicker. That was just a few minutes of exposure to what I assume was Roundup being sprayed on crops (I can’t confirm that it was Roundup but I can unequivocally say that if it wasn’t Roundup, it was something else that was equally nasty and it was going on the corn, yes, the corn… that we eat… that is processed into countless foods and ingredients that line grocery store shelves.)
Imagine what untold horrific afflictions befall anyone who lives within feet of a gigantic Roundup Ready soy crop operation, as is the case of the poor Argentinians described in the following article from Sustainablepulse.com: Roundup Blamed for Argentinian Health Crisis.