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Sunday, 23 August 2009


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Trina Boice

Atrazine has received a lot of press lately and more consumers are finally becoming aware of the dangers of it in their drinking water.

The state of Indiana released a statement just this week, encouraging consumers to use "point of use" drinking water filtration systems to protect themselves. Unfortunately, not all filters remove atrazine.

I'm happy to say that the Multi-Pure drinking water systems DO remove atrazine, along with about 63 other harmful contaminants! Our filters cost less than bottled water and are certified by NSF to reduce the widest range of contaminants in the industry!

If you'd like to know more, I'd be happy to talk to you about our products. We can wait for the government to do its part or we can solve the problem ourselves!


By coincidence (maybe!), your friend at Aguanomics posted an excerpt that helps understand why there is even a controversy about atrazine in groundwater:

"The explanation of this phenomenon is fairly simple. While almost everyone would, in the long run, benefit from the removal of tariffs, and the raising of tariffs is a blow to the welfare of almost everyone, there are, at any given time, minorities which can be hurt by the reduction of specific tariffs and helped by the increase of others. Now the benefits of the repeal of a given tariff are likely to be dispersed over the whole population, while the injury will be concentrated in a small group. Although the benefit will be much greater in total than the injury, it is slight for any individual. The group which suffers concentrated injury, however, is likely to try to convince the majority that really they gain nothing and to hire economists for this purpose. Since there are always some such groups, there will always be economists who have been hired for this purpose."

Substitute "groundwater contamination" for tariffs, and "scientists" for economists, and see if it doesn't describe the situation pretty well. Then put in "health care" and "Congressmen"...

"It is difficult to make a man understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it." -- Upton Sinclair


ATRAZINE . . . Tap water, weed killer … and dispute over safety …For decades, farmers, lawn-care workers and professional green thumbs have relied on the popular weedkiller – Atrazine - to protect their crops, golf courses and manicured lawns.
How much is safe? …The EPA generally does not require water systems to notify residents unless the yearly average of atrazine in drinking water exceeds three parts per billion. The agency considers one-day exposures of up to 297 parts per billion safe.

But some researchers disagree. One study by researchers at Purdue University, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, suggests concentrations as small as 0.1 parts per billion may be associated with low birth weights. For decades, farmers, lawn-care workers and professional green thumbs have relied on the popular weedkiller atrazine to protect their crops, golf courses and manicured lawns.

But atrazine often washes into water supplies and has become among the most common contaminants in U.S. reservoirs and other sources of drinking water. Now, new research suggests atrazine may be dangerous at lower concentrations than previously thought. Recent studies suggest that, even at concentrations meeting current federal standards, the chemical may be associated with birth defects, low birth weights and menstrual problems.

Laboratory experiments suggest that when animals are exposed to brief doses of atrazine before birth, they may become more vulnerable to cancer later. An investigation by The New York Times has found that in some towns, atrazine concentrations in drinking water have spiked, sometimes for longer than a month. But the reports produced by local water systems for residents often fail to reflect those higher concentrations. …Charles Duhigg …The New York Times …

DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE . . . Currently the USA has extremely loosely enforced mandated maximum amount of this herbicide (weed killer) which your water purveyor – public or private – is permitted to serve you in the potable (drinking) water they provide.

With nearly 200 golf courses in metro Phoenix and with Atrazine being one of the most popular weed killer, just might it be possible there is Atrazine in the water you are drinking…? But not to worry, our Governor, our Legislators, our Az Dept Water Resources and Az Dept of Environmental Quality all assure you and me – our water is safe.

Before “we” go ballistic, consider this …? “We” – that’s you and me – by our silence give sanction to allowing our water purveyors to provide this quality of water to us. When “we” choose to stand – united – and say … we’re mad as hell and not going to take it any more … this paradigm will change in a New York minute.

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