Monday, May 19, 2008

How's your DNA?

The BBC reported this morning on a recent study from Patiala University in Punjab, India that showed DNA damage among farmers who blanket their crops in pesticides. Researchers believe this DNA damage is tied to the cancer rates among Indian farmers. Such a link between pesticides and cancer is, of course, no surprise to anyone who's studied ecology. This field shows clearly that you can't affect one part of a biological community without causing a ripple effect through the environment. We all know the chemical companies will deny and attempt to confuse this type of research to their grave. Let's just hope they don't take us all down with them.

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