For years we have used…actually ‘relied on’ is a better term, on Carey Gillam and US Right To Know for honest journalism in the agriculture industry. This past week we asked to assist and do some republishing. As you can see below Carey has agreed…so look to more from Carey and USRTK here on Gardening With Aladay Mobile Media.
This article is on UNSPUN, Carey Gillam’s new SubStack chanel. So big thanks to the Author Carey Gillam, and co-publishers The Guardian and The New Lede.
Signs of a silent poisoning….
In my latest visit to Mead, Nebraska, the signs of a silent poisoning were all around: A farmhouse abandoned by its owners after their young children experienced health problems; a pond once filled with fish and frogs now barren of all life; university researchers busy collecting blood and urine from residents to analyze them for contaminants; and a local family drinking water only from plastic bottles because tests show chemical contamination of their drinking well.
In a story out today, I chronicle not only the devastating impacts of a pesticide poisoning of a large region in eastern Nebraska, but the frustration, fears and challenges that come with the monumental $100 million effort to clean up the manmade mess created by an ethanol plant using pesticide-coated seeds in production for biofuel.
Crews of environmental engineers are filtering millions of gallons of water through newly constructed treatment units and adopting techniques seen at some U.S. Superfund sites to contain and control the waste. The measures include the use of a helicopter to drop a temporary, protective shell-like coating of cement, fiber and clay over 16 acres of waste piles.
Despite the efforts, researchers say it is not clear if or how all of the damage can be erased. Just this morning, new data shows concerning information about levels of the chemicals potentially heading into drinking wells throughout the region.